‘Space Invaders’ is a collaborative exhibition of works by myself and my wonderfully talented friend and artist Jenny Hood, showcasing our dual preoccupation with the natural world and its inhabitants.
For both of us, the natural world provides a constant source of inspiration and stimulation, evoking feelings of wonder and fascination.
As you will know by now, my prints are themed on Scottish folklore and the visual spectacle of rural life. The Inspiration for all my designs is the observation of my natural surroundings, but looking further to see the unexpected details that invade the obvious. Looking beyond the stereotypical pretty forest scene to find the hidden life -creatures scuttling under a rock or behind a leaf, activity that hints at a more unsettling other world of the woodland. Forests are often the setting for dark fairy tales, and having grown up in rural Aberdeenshire with a forest in our back garden to play in, I have always invested my surroundings with a bit of imagination and mystery. As much as I like to create stories from my surroundings, I want to invite the wearer of my prints to create their own narrative from the hidden details of designs.
This exhibition has allowed me to look at ways in which my fabrics and illustrations can be used to decorate the home. With all my printing being carried out in Scotland in small scale production, there is great opportunity to work in collaboration with the user to create a unique interiors piece that will invade their space!
Jenny’s photographic and collage works, part of a body of research entitled ‘The Formations of Toast Crumbs and Other Catastrophes’ possess a similar attention to detail in their approach and influence. Focusing upon the volatility of predominant attitudes towards insect life, these works respond to the transgressive ability of the non-human to intrude into our spatial, cultural and mental spheres. Check out her work at jenny-hood.co.uk/
‘Space Invaders’ is a reaction to both the artists’ physical invasion of the new gallery space, and the psychological space occupied by non-human life in their creative practices.
The exhibition runs from 30th April to 29th May 2016
8 Chattan Place, Aberdeen, AB10 6RD
Open 11-5 Tue-Sat