The BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree Course at UHI Shetland is designed to help students find their individual creative voice whilst simultaneously equipping them to become professional independent artists.
Supported by Shetland Arts, this exhibition is undertaken as part of the Professional Practice module which gives students the valuable shared experience of curating an exhibition of their own artworks.
The title a’four makes reference to the four students being in the ‘afore’ stage of experimentation and reflection, in preparation for their final degree show next year.
I am a mixed media artist, currently working on a self-portrait series inspired by major life-changing experiences.
More interested in the process of art making than the final result, my practice is an initiation and I use it to take me beyond myself, to understand my past, to rewrite my mythology and I am always stunned at what I create.
My work is about noticing, seeing the moments that we all to easily miss. Working mostly in oil paint, I enjoy taking a moment or memory and preserving it, extending its time.
My work reflects the physical and spiritual space where basic elements such as air and water interact. I focus on the place where an entity resides in a in a state of flux or metamorphoses. My current practice is focused on my return to Shetland and the impact of nostalgia combined with the desire to literally immerse myself into the environment through a performance piece. Recognising the sea and its ever changing state as a metaphor of our mortality.
The Shetland landscape is at the heart of my creative practice.
I take inspiration from the coastal environment and dramatic weather of these islands. Responding to the landscape through various mediums, predominantly painting and print.