Here is part two of our series on the visual artists involved in our show. Read on for a few clues about what they might have in store for us, and some details about the artists and their practice.
Faracy Moon Grouse
Faracy is a multi-disciplinary artist, working across visual, sound and sensory art. She has exhibited paintings in the US, Spain, England and Scotland. Faracy has also performed vocal compositions and soundscapes in churches, outdoor festivals and recently created live soundscapes for Voice Box Theatre’s “Selkie Tales” at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as live score painting for their “Escape from Wonderland” show.
Aine is a portraitist and art teacher from Roslin, Midlothian. Originally from Cork she graduated from Crawford College of Art and Design in 1991, gaining a Higher Diploma in art teaching in 1995. She competed successfully in the Irish National Portrait awards in the 1990’s, while in 2005 she appeared in BBC One’s “Star Portraits”, and was delighted when Mo Mowlam chose her portrait of her to keep. Sports stars have been more recent commissions, and this year she became a finalist in the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the year competition. Aine exhibits extensively in Scotland, in recent years also gaining awards from the Royal Watercolour Society in London.
Derek’s works comprises sketches, drawings and photographed ‘found’ objects. Theta rhythms link mechanisms of learning and memory to sensorimotor processing related to arousal in the neocortex. His drawings and sketches are a response to the pressing dialectic between thought and appearance.
Mary’s drawings are taken from the templates of red figure pottery as was developed in Athens around 520 BC. It seems that sexuality and historical fantasy was directly linked to eating and drinking in the cups and plates of the ancient Greeks. The craftsmen who originally produced work in this way, were copying from compositions evolved by a skilled artist, inspired by contemporary customs and local mythology. She has used the original compositions to develop the characters as a form of self-portraiture.
Topaz is from York, and has a degree in linguistics. She now works on all sides of the easel as model, artist and teacher. Her work for show includes portraits of friends, family and lovers. A collective portrait of those she loves. These will be accompanied by a sentence of two about the person. All manners of media and styles of artwork may appear, appropriate to the length of time she had for the artworks; some spontaneous.
Thomas Abercromby graduated from Dundee University in Visual Arts. He is a Scottish contemporary artist working with themes such as childhood, social problems and sexuality. Thomas creates artworks using a variety of materials initially. Once he has constructed a layout, concept and composition of a piece using mixed media materials, he then further develops his ideas as textile pieces.
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