As Masters students, we are encouraged to continually evolve and refine our practice. During the process, we present our progress through regular expositions. Shown here is my final exposition on display this week at Grays School of Art.
Oil and photographs printed on muslin, mounted within roller frames
The multiple panels here form part of a conceptual polyptych work, the inspiration of which comes from my master's project topic of ‘Emotive ethnobotany in the North East of Scotland during the First World War and the interwar years’.
Sphagnum moss utilised during the first world war for bandages and wound dressings can soak up to 20 times its weight in liquid. The moss also has antiseptic properties. Through my research I have found that throughout the North East of Scotland communities gathered moss which they deposited in their local depots where it was dried and then sent to the regional headquarters in Aberdeen to be made into wound dressings. The display cabinet shows artefacts and ephemera including a wooden bandage roller, the design of which I have mimicked for my frames.
Below are current photos taken of my busy studio space at Gray's School of Art.
Fiona Swapp lives and works in Aberdeen. She has over 30 years experience as a graphic designer and botanical artist.
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