Even the small things are known
Welcome! Thank you for coming to see my new exhibition.
"Even the small things are known" is a theme I've been absorbed by in the past year and a half, and I'm pleased to share it with you now. Among a wide range of works I'm showing in this exhibition, there are 7 places where I have paintings of hands with different held elements and the subtitle "even the small things are known." I hope that these 7 points will be a space to pause and re-engage on the themes of being found, understood, known and belonging. I explore this through images of birds, nests, trees and small beings like mice.
The birds are everyday birds we would see in Scotland, representing people. I'm fascinated by the closeup details of nests, each strand known to its feathered home builder-and also in the big picture looking from a higher perspective-the 'bird's eye view'. In my pictures, you will also see images of skies- signs of that great cosmos which can make use feel small by comparison, but it's comforting to remember that we are known.
The tree which houses the nests is important in my paintings - for me, the tree symbolises God whose breath gives life to every creature.
You will notice the symbol of the eye- for me a reminder that God sees our essence, knows us and we can connect to one another and to the Creator. I refer to the ancient story of Eve, the original woman, who hid from her maker in shame, but was called out of hiding and into her identity.
After the difficult times of the past couple years, I hope that my pictures will give spaces for pause, hope and a renewed perspective of being valued. I'm thankful for all the support and interest I've received for my work as an artist.