Alex Rigg Biography
I began my professional career as an archaeological illustrator in 1983. I moved from there into printmaking and theatrical design. I formed a small company in 1990 making experimental work on the borders between Live Art and Dance. I worked as a professional Blacksmith and Dyker and gained a degree in Fine Art from Glasgow and an MA in Fine Art from Belfast.
Costume, Design and Performance
With Lindsay John as part of Test Department Events; Also with Lindsay as part of the seminal Glasgow Carnival Events in the 90’s. Costume and set design for Theatre Cryptic for several of their international touring shows. Costume and sculpture for NVA Mid-Summer Fire Festival as part of the Lisbon Expo in 1998.Costume and design for all of my own choreography. Sculpture and choreography for Ian Smith on a number of international projects. Performance and design for NVA on The Storr project.Small is Beautiful in Marseille 2010 – Performance event.
Many shows with my companies Life Dance, Transfigured and Oceanallover.
These productions have toured internationally and continue to border between Live Art and Dance. Currently I am collaborating on The Tide Machine with Mark Zygadlo, Snails and Ketchup with Ramesh Meyyappan, Creebaby for Creetown’s Inspire funded project and The Lost Supper supported by Creative Scotland.
I continue with my sculptural practice and am currently engaged in the construction of green-oak timber frames that are free-standing structures and often of a large scale.
I also work in collaboration with Trevor Leat to make large figurative work. This is commissioned by festival and events including the Wickerman Music Festival in Galloway and Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations.
I also make soundscapes for use in performance, most recently for Lindsay John at the Edinburgh Festival. I have played percussion professionally with a Dumfries-based Ceilidh band.