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Hidden Flowers Bloom Most Beautifully

Contemporary art from Shetland and Switzerland blooms in new exhibition

This group exhibition which brings together the work of 16 contemporary artists from Shetland and Switzerland is open during August 2021.

The exhibition is the result of ongoing dialogue between eight artists based in Shetland and eight artists based in Appenzell Ausserrhoden, a rural area in the east of Switzerland. Each artist has explored the perceived geographic limits of the art world, viewed from these two rural locations.

Artists Paul Bloomer, Daniel Clark, Amy Gear, Aimee Labourne, Vivian Ross-Smith, Roxane Permar, Andrew Sutherland and Roseanne Watt make-up the Shetland cohort, whilst Caroline Baur, Florian Gugger, Martina Morger, Maria Nänny, Dorothea Rust, Harlis Schweizer, Birgit Widmer and Wassili Widmer represent the Swiss contribution.

The exhibition is supported by the Swiss Arts Council (Pro Helvetia), Creative Scotland and Shetland Arts with support from Swiss galleries and individuals - Steinegg Stiftung, Dr. Fred Styger Stiftung, Susanne and Martin Knechtli-Kradolfer-Stiftung, TISCA Tischhauser Stiftung, Metrohm Stiftung, Stiftung für Ostschweizer Kunstschaffen, Kulturförderung Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Innerrhoder Kunststiftung.

Hidden Flowers takes place at Mareel from Saturday 31 July to Friday 27 August. Free ticketed time-slots for the exhibition will be available at shetlandarts.org, by visiting the Box Office in person, or by calling 01595 745 500 during opening hours (Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 10pm).

Image is a film still from my series of digital images and films, Landscape in Pain.  Photo used is courtesy Sustainable Shetland. 

New Web Site - Landscape in Pain 

Landscape in Pain is a series of digital images and films I am making  in response to the Viking Energy Wind Farm being constructed in Shetland. 
 

This wind farm (VEWF) is industrial scale and will become one of the largest onshore wind farms in Europe.  Construction commenced in September 2020, after many years of public debate and local dissent. It coincided with lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been painful to watch the VEWF construction make visible inroads to the landscape, like an occupying force, violating our land, which has been made vulnerable and helpless in the face of the human hand of destruction.  I have questioned the potential impact of low level noise and infrasound since it was first proposed, and made work about this issue for an exhibition over ten years ago in Shetland at Vaila Fine Art. Making  art work for this project helps to mend the pain I feel as well as creating artefacts that record my response to the destruction.  The VEWF has severely divided the Shetland community, and is a cause for collective pain. 

Landscape of Mutability

On Line Mail Art Exhibition for the research project, Landscape of Mutability,  initiated by the University of Glasgow.

 

Participation in this project involved sending three postcards to the researchers by late May 2021 for an online exhibition.  Participants across Scotland, were asked to explore how landscapes are experienced in a time of limited movement. This project aims to help us reflect on the insights brought by enforced immobility and consider how different media can contribute to a sense of community.  Lockdown restrictions have enabled me to refresh my connection to Shetland and reacquaint with the Shetland landscape more deeply, bringing  sharp focus to my view of it.  In particular I have experienced increasing despair about our relation to the environment.  It has been painful to watch the VEWF construction make visible inroads to the landscape, like an occupying force, violating our land.  My  friend and colleague Susan Timmins suggested doing something about the Viking Energy Wind Farm, such as writing postcards  to future generations of Shetlanders to apologise for the horrible legacy it is creating.  My post cards for this exhibition have formed the starting point for a new project, Landscape in Pain.  

The Telephone Project

Artists present an online exhibition of a worldwide game of TELEPHONE
ONLINE LAUNCH: April 10, 2021


Three artists from Shetland, Joan Fraser, Roxane Permar and Susan Timmins, are among artists from 73 countries who played a game of TELEPHONE, in which a message was passed from art form to art form. The message could become a poem, then a painting, then a film, then a dance, as it was passed 7,684,788 kilometers or 4,776,126 miles between 489 cities. An interactive, online exhibition of these hundreds of original, interconnected works was launched on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 9am EST at
https://phonebook.gallery/

Only a handful of staff members know the original message of TELEPHONE. The participating artists were only aware of the work that directly preceded their own, and do not know how their own work was translated or further translated in subsequent works. When TELEPHONE became publicly available, it was the first time that any of the artists got to see the exhibition in full.

Telephone Project in Shetland Times 16:0