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A Fine Line - Inverness Museum & Art Gallery

8th March 2018

Photograph of A Fine Line - Inverness Museum & Art Gallery

3rd March - 12th May 2018.

Opening this Spring at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, the exhibition A Fine Line features work by four contemporary artists based in Scotland - Lizzie Farey, Angie Lewin, Frances Priest and Bronwen Sleigh. This group exhibition explores the fine line between art and craft in two and three dimensions, bringing together a diverse range of disciplines including printmaking, drawing, collage, sculpture and ceramics.

Working with different media but united by detailed observation and strong draughtsmanship, these artists experiment with linear mark-making and drawing in its widest sense. Each artist produces works inspired by places and spaces in either the natural or man-made environment.

Frances Priest explores and interprets languages of ornamentation from different cultures, places and periods in history. She creates intricate and colourful ceramic objects that celebrate this fascination for decoration and pattern, using clay as a canvas on which to build richly drawn and layered surfaces. Bronwen Sleigh is a multi-disciplinary artist who takes inspiration from industrial architecture, unused and forgotten urban spaces, and environments at the edge of the city. Her work provokes a dialogue with these spaces, which she transforms through the processes of her practice.

By contrast, the works by Lizzie Farey and Angie Lewin share an affinity with nature and natural forms. Using home-grown Scottish willow, birch, heather, bog myrtle and many other native woods, Farey's work ranges from traditional to abstract sculptural forms. Her work is largely influenced by the nature and landscape of Galloway.

Similarly, Angie Lewin has been inspired by both the clifftops and saltmarshes of the North Norfolk Coast and the Scottish Highlands. She depicts these contrasting environments and their native floras in still life compositions made with wood engraving, linocut and collage.

The exhibition has been curated in collaboration with the artists Lizzie Farey and Angie Lewin and is a partnership project between the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery and Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries.

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