The ‘5 More’ exhibition 2018 takes place in the Ninian Gallery at the Whithorn Trust. It will be open to the public from Monday 2nd July 2018, closing on Sunday 2nd September The formal opening, Friday 6th July from 6.30pm
Rachel Elliott – Glass Artist
Rachel works from her studio in Glasgow and specialises in kiln-formed glass. She uses traditional techniques such as screen-printing with fired enamels, combined with the modern innovation of water-jet cutting. Her unique range of precision cut silhouette glass creatures are adorned with various whimsical designs in bright permanent colours.
She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA(Hons) in Architectural Glass and has exhibited her sculpture globally in group exhibitions.
Phil McMenemy Artists Statement 2018
‘I welcome the opportunity to join with other talented artists and makers here in rural and beautiful south west Scotland for the 5More exhibition.
I strive to create beauty and to capture the beauty ‘out there’ in Scotland.
My camera is my paintbrush – my means-to-an-end – the camera is not the end in itself – its merely the beginning. The link/connection between the literal and the abstract forms out there in nature continue to enthrall and captivate me.
However the qualities of a great image remain my most pressing concerns, namely: the light, the context, composition, (correct) exposure and how I am feeling. My feelings and emotions completely underpin my work, they are indelibly connected – they drive what I create.
My work is my attempt to share my ‘take’ on Scotland, how I see this land and how it makes me feel. I guess every artist, whatever their medium, strives to connect with the observer – it’s very human to want to connect and belong. This is fundamental to me.
I hope you enjoy my work’
Phil McMenemy – April 2018CE
Pamela Grace Artists Statement
My work is based on drawing and celebrates the small shifts through the seasons contrasting with the continuity of the countryside and the gradual development of established gardens and landscapes.
I enjoy working outdoors where possible, adapting my mode of working to meet the vagaries of the climate. I often take sketches and outlines home to reflect and work on them further, returning to the site several times. I like to forefront the tracery of wild flowers and foliage in the hedgerows against the backdrop of more open farmland.
I am a member of Edinburgh Printmakers and Gracefield Print Studio in Dumfries. My printmaking has evolved from solar-plate etching – which is really an extension of my drawing, sometimes adding hand painted elements – to encompass plate lithography. This process has made me think of colour in quite a different way, and I have really enjoyed the challenge of layering plate on plate to construct a complete image. I find I respond to similar subjects in very different ways when printmaking and painting but my central concerns with representing the landscape remain the same. I like to highlight the remarkable detail, colour and texture in small landscapes and corners of gardens that might easily be overlooked.
Kindar Mill, New Abbey, Dumfries. DG2 8EH
Archie McCall retired from teaching at the Glasgow School of Art in 2011 after twenty-five years as lecturer, Head of Ceramics and latterly as Programme Leader for the BA(Hons) Programmes in the School of Design.
He has lectured, delivered workshops and exhibited extensively throughout the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Russia, the Czech Republic, Denmark,
Iceland, Hungary, Australia and New Zealand.
He has now returned to making at his home, Kindar Mill in New Abbey, near Dumfries.
The work is usually thrown in both stoneware and porcelain and richly decorated.
The surfaces are built up using layer-upon-layer of glazes and oxides then fired to 1300 degrees centigrade in a gas kiln. A further firing at 780 degrees centigrade is required to fuse the gold or other lustres to the final piece.
Over many years motifs have been developed and distilled from observation of the natural world and incorporated into personal narratives.
“I hope the pots and their surfaces are filled with life; of things being born, growing and maturing; things that rise from the earth and eventually return there.”
Archie’s work is represented in numerous public and private collections in the
UK and abroad.
Sarah Keast is a visual artist living and working in South West Scotland. Born in Dundee, she grew up in Fife surrounded by printmaking through her father, Terry Keast, who worked as an artist and art teacher and was a founder member of Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop. Sarah studied science and undertook a degree in Geology and an Environmental Management Masters before spending time working in Conservation then in Management Training and Facilitation. She began to experiment with art from 2004 and discovered an latent interest driven by her earlier life in an artistic household. From 2006 onwards she began re-training as an artist and has been exhibiting since 2010. She has been involved in the Room 13 Art Project intermittently over the last 12 years and uses her training and facilitation skills to deliver arts related workshops for adults and children.
Sarah inherited her father’s cast iron flat bed relief press which is used for wood block, lino, typography and monoprinting. These printing techniques are combined with contemporary screen printing processes to generate multi layered images. The relief press is sensitive enough to take a print from strands of silk or scrim allowing the texture and feel of fabric such as sail cloth to be incorporated into the final print. She also combines the printing of fabric textures and sometimes uses collage processes including fabric, bone, metal, ceramic and found objects. He final works can be prints or assemblages with talismanic or dream like qualities.