Vivian recently spent two months as Artist in Residence on the island of Korpo, where she developed this new body of work as a conversation between the Finnish Archipelago and her home islands of Shetland, and in particular Fair Isle.
Although these two networks of islands have very different landscapes, they are tied together by latitude and island mentality. Being an islander is an identity that connects people. It's a way of life, of thinking and being.
Vivian is interested in the passing of knowledge through generations, resulting in communities having a deep understanding toward their island. Combining elements of painting, textiles and sculpture Vivian embeds the stories and traditions of island life into the materials and imagery of the works.
The exhibition will run from 21 January until 6 March. Join Vivian at the gallery for the public opening on 20 January from 6-7.30pm. She will also be giving an informal gallery talk about her work on Saturday 21 January at 12pm (free, no booking required).