During the lambing season of 2006, David Blyth embarked upon a year-long research project and collaboration with local sheep farmer Duncan Connon.
Huntly is sheep farming country. While sheep farming has been one of the staple economies for a century or so, it is now in crisis. At the local Tesco supermarket lamb from New Zealand is far cheaper than local produce. A potent catalyst for David's work during the residency was the news that he and his partner were expecting a baby. Through being by his wife's side and also in the midst of artistic research, David unavoidably forged links between his and his partner's experiences with that of the natural world in the locality. The tragedies, miracles, cycles and rites of passage that punctuate and define the natural world grew more familiar to David. But how do we relate to this order of nature, and how does it manifest itself in human activities? Is there an ontological, even magical or spiritual link between the animal kingdom's biological turmoil with human technological development?