A Matter of Perspective
TUESDAY 15 - SUNDAY 19 MARCH 2022
CIRCUS ARTSPACE @
INVERNESS CREATIVE ACADEMY
Gym Hall, Stephen's Street, Inverness IV2 3JP
FREE ENTRY | OPEN DAILY 12-4pm
TUESDAY 15 MARCH, 6 - 8PM
Meet some of the artists and join us for a celebratory drink!
This exhibition explores liminality from multiple viewpoints;
past artefacts impacting present and future generations;
the effects of greenwashing and fuel poverty on the Orkney community;
the contrast between the power of the natural environment, the fragility and temporary nature of life and the futility of human endeavour;
the interwoven branches of humanity and nature rooted in memory;
and a study into hyper-consumerism and its insistence on faux flora at the detriment of plant life.
This exhibition is part of the Circus Graduate Associates programme and features:
Polly Atkinson’s work is concerned with the circularity of time and how our lives are interwoven both with each other, and those of the natural world. She is drawn to work with old fabrics, analogue photographs, found materials, and repurposed earlier work, which all have the ability to capture traces of life. They are also subject as we all are, to the passage of time; to fading, ageing and eventual decay. The artist’s use of hand stitching and craft techniques creates a dialogue between her hands and the materials, and between the work
and the viewer.
Working with found objects, Liz Crichton makes mixed media sculptures and installations. Her work explores our hopes, fears, choices, chances and sense of identity, contrasting the power and persistence of nature with the transient fragility of life and the futility of human endeavour. By presenting an alternative perspective on everyday objects, commonly held perceptions and expectations are challenged she aims to inspire others to step out beyond what they know for certain. Liz is excited by opportunities to create liminal spaces where for a short time perhaps the unimaginable becomes possible. These works explore our understanding of time as both linear and cyclical, finite and infinite.
Deborah Ilett is a multidisciplinary artist based in the Scottish Highlands. She is inspired by a diverse range of subject matter, colours and textures. Her practice revolves around the themes of time, belonging, place, memory and our interrelationship with nature, seeking to link the past and present and to re-awaken the childhood sense of curiosity. Deborah’s choice of media varies in relation to the subject matter explored, this can range from lively, but sensitively executed line drawings to explorative and stimulating painting, mixed media, found objects, photography and sculpture, inviting the observer to engage with the finished work.
www.deborahilett.com | Instagram @deborah_ilett
Jack Kay’s current body of work illustrates hyper-consumerism; the preference of faux and artificial products in the human pursuit of ‘novelty’ and status; for example the creation and purchase of fake or plastic flora and fauna because it requires no maintenance and so stays ‘perfect’ for others to view and enjoy. These manufacturing processes result in the creation of black chemical pollution and acid rain, destroying plant life and scarring the face of the earth as a consequence.
Kelly's artwork is influenced by the effects of greenwashing and fuel poverty on the Orkney Islands, where she grew up and is currently based. The Islands have been at the forefront of progressive action combating climate change for years, with the wild North Sea surrounding us we can produce power made from renewable energy including tidal and wind energy. This small archipelago generates more electricity than it uses, yet most of the local community doesn’t receive any of this sustainable, cost-efficient, green energy. Kelly’s use of imagery in this exhibition reminds us of how raw and real fuel poverty is, and how these issues affect her and others in the Orkney
www.yllek-art.tumblr.com | Instagram @yllek_art
Covid-19: we ask that you observe social distancing. There will be a track and trace system at the entrance and please wear a face mask whilst inside the building.