Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion

Water Falls Down (2001)

About this artwork

‘Water Falls Down’ evolved from a series of research trips Dalziel and Scullion made to Norway which informed their awareness of how Scots respond to the landscape in comparison to Norwegians. The film presents three different scenes. The first is tranquil and beautiful - a lone birch sapling laden with fresh snow against a winter sky. This then cuts to a boulder, unyielding in a furiously flowing stream - the sudden noise and the violent rush of water pushes the viewer back. The final scene then draws the viewer in through the drama and emotion of three adults being baptised in the cold North Sea. Highlighting the sense of a traditional community and their respect towards nature, this was the last film that Dalziel and Scullion shot whilst living in St Combs in the north east of Scotland.

Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion

Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion

Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion have collaborated together since 1993. Working in photography, video, sculpture, sound and installation, their work explores the relationship between humans and the natural world. “We use nature as allegories for things that are human. It is about human beings; that complexity of the duality of being physical and cerebral, and the responsibility that goes with that.” Their work often involves the total immersion in a place, such as when they lived in the north east of Scotland and, more recently, with field trips to Norway. Dalziel was born in Irvine and studied at Duncan of Jordonstone College of Art, Dundee, from 1981-5 and at Glasgow School of Art from 1987-8. Scullion was born in Helensburgh and studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1984-8. They have exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, including General Release: Young British Artists at the 46th Venice Biennale in 1995. They live and work in Dundee.