Plaque on the Union Canal.

Amanda Thomson: Mainly in Sinuousities

For Channels, Thomson turned to print work to explore notions of home, movement, migration, and landscape under the title Mainly in Sinuousities. Created in consultation with botanist Greg Kenicer, Thomson created a pamphlet which allowed visitors to navigate the Union Canal through its flowers. The pamphlet functions in part as an exploration of plant usage – which has at times been applied for medicinal, practical, or folkloric purposes – with some plant names appearing in Scots language. Providing historical commentary, this work is an exploration of the every-fluctuating state of language and the natural world.

Amanda Thomson is a visual artist and writer who lives and works in Strathspey and Glasgow. Her writing has been published in journals such as The Willowherb Review. Her book, Belonging, natural histories of place, identity and home, was published by Canongate in August 2022.

You can download a PDF of the pamphlet here.

This print work was accompanied by five plaques along the Union Canal at different points of interest between Lochrin Basin and Wester Hailes.