Mike Inglis practice explores the creative possibilities that exist between public art and outsider art. He enjoys making publically sited work that explores transitional spaces that “outsider art” often inhabits as well as bleeding these practices into work for more traditional gallery spaces. He is particularly interested in found materials and adhocist approaches to construction. The focus of his research engages in a direct dialogue with outsiders or isolated communities, their dogmas or doctrines becoming the core of shared dialogues. He is interested in exploring ideas that surround superstitions and belief systems in a wide variety of outputs from installations and films to drawing and printmaking. Mike is currently carrying out a project which examines, maps and explores outsider art culture and adhocist practices here in Scotland as well as establishing links with northern European outsider organisations and artists ultimately creating new knowledge and developing a new body of work which will be shown at Edinburgh International Art Festival in 2018 at the City Art Centre.
He has details of an earlier project that give an insight into his process : a reclaimed recycled structure situated in the perthshire woods called tree church.
Please find a short movie about it – tree church
Mike also teaches visual communication at Edinburgh College of Art within the school of design where he pursue’s research based around his art practice and his interests in outsider art and currently working towards a practice based PhD in this area.