Edinburgh’s Arusha Gallery‘s new exhibition Beasts by Helen Flockhart and Beth Carter is a collection of sundry beasts: minotaur, lion, serpent and centaur, all powerfully recalling ancient mythology and Bible story. Often despite being feared and loathed, they are victims themselves, and of course a metaphor for humankind’s bestial aspects one hand, and its vulnerable pathos on the other, resonating a great deal with own selves today.
Sculptor Beth Carter graduated in Fine Arts at Sunderland University in 1995, and has since explored the beauties and grotesques of ancient Greek myth, and exploring its modern resonances underpins much of her work. Painter Helen Flockhart graduated in 1984 from Glasgow School of Art in 1984, and has exhibited widely in Scotland and England, as well as in international group shows in North America and continental Europe. Her most recent awards include the Concept Fine Art Award (2016), the Royal Scottish Academy’s Maude Gemmel Hutchinson Prize (2012), and the Lyon & Turnbull Award presented by the Royal Glasgow Institute (2012).