Ian Hamilton Finlay
Ian Hamilton Finlay’s practice stems from poetry, which he began writing in the mid-1950s and is characterised by its simplicity and concision. His works often combine words and objects to provoke associations that relate back to history and mythology.
Nymph/Ship, Blue Waters Bark andSwallow, works currently on display in the Triennial, play upon the similarity of the words ‘bark’ and ‘barque’ (meaning boat), while their classical form suggests antiquity. Collectively they summon up the first ship of classical myth, Jason’s Argo, which was made out of the hollowed-out wood of blue pines.
(text taken from http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/exhibitions/triennial/artists/hamiltonfinlay.htm)