The mythical Shetland cockatrice was an evil, dragon-like being who ran amok in the islands and could only be stopped by being burned to death. And though the cockatrice was male, he could reproduce himself by laying an egg. What hatched from the egg was surprising, strange and sometimes life-changing.
This fantastic traditional story lies behind collaborative work by the artist Joy Parker and writer Robert Leach. With financial backing from Creative Scotland, they journeyed from the Scottish Borders to the far northern isles where for a month they stayed in Scalloway and explored the Shetland Islands. The end product was this unusual book, a series of poems and prints which make up a montage of discoveries and responses.
This is an exhibition of original prints from this project. The book is also available from the PCAA Café Gallery for £15
Joy Parker is a visual artist with a WASPS Studio in Selkirk and who works in a range of mediums. Robert Leach is a well published poet and writer whose poetry often gives new insights and unexpected understandings. Their time in Shetland has inspired them to take this collaborative work in new and original directions.