The Ben William acts both as a devise for creating
energy, and the ability to transcend the owner of the work with a collection of
previously unseen drawings relating to the experiences of isolation during
lockdown. It features an adapted portable wood-burning stove used by
Summerton on several mountain camps, with wood collected from an abandoned
osprey nest and a collection of ten folded drawings.
The work was produced during lockdown, where Summerton was
artist in resident at the abandoned Ben William Creative Retreat in rural
Angus. Activities beyond the daily practice of gathering quartz rocks, included
heating a pool with an open fire, building a greenhouse from recycled
materials, chopping firewood, planting vegetables, making a pond and hunting
with a feral cat.