David toys with everyday locations, the omnipresent Scottish tenement building transformed into grand colosseums, the commuter masses into a sea of figures, the archetypical lushness of a meadow and the empty forest. However, within these comfortable stages, the foreign or ‘unreal’ are often placed; candy striped lighthouses planted far from the sea, air balloons without their pilots, life size beached toy boats habited by birds, all of which adds to a specific sense of surrealism and foreboding danger. The overarching themes in the work are the ideas of stability and safety and the idealised notions of the remote and rural.
In the growing darkness you lit a light
I will hear you sing once more
Tell me something real
Snow Fall on the Apple Tree
Sentinels at Dunbar