Love and Healing
While researching my MA project, plants grown and collected in WW1, I came across an artefact put up for sale of a dried rose and poppy which had been plucked in the trenches and sent to a loved one at home to commemorate and remember the loss of a child. The response to this comes in the form of my recent sketches and work for my first exposition at Gray’s. The work here represents the combination of a new process for me, working in water-mixable oils on linen canvas, and emphasising the negative space through painting in dark colours, to subliminally give the impression of white.
Exhibition space in the foyer at Grays showing finished pieces, with sketches.
The studio space at Gray’s was a challenge at times, due to its compact nature. As you can see from my work, I have kept it small for now and will work on larger pieces later in the year.
Fiona Swapp lives and works in Aberdeen. She has over 30 years experience as a graphic designer and botanical artist.
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