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    Linda Kosciewicz : Souvenir

    Linda Kosciewicz was artist in residence at MERZ for a couple of weeks in June. Linda explored several stories associated with the Napoleonic soldiers imprisoned in Sanquhar between 1812-1814. The soldiers were immortalised in the ‘Sodgers Pool’ on Crawick Water. Here the soldiers spent time and courted local women. Recently overlooked the soldiers had inscribed their initials and mementoes in a rock face near the Pool. Combining research studies and conversations with local historians Linda set out to ‘rediscover’ the inscriptions. In the final days of her stay her discoveries was woven into a story through which to recover the imagination of the women and soldiers as they enjoyed their recreations at Sodgers Pool. The brief exhibition at MERZ provided an opportunity for Linda to extemporise and engage contributors to her findings and to explore her onward journey towards resolving finished work.