PORTRAIT OF HER | New solo show by Elaine Speirs
Arusha Gallery, 13A Dundas Street, Edinburgh
Running from August 25 – September 17
Private View: Thursday, August 24 from
In her new solo show ‘Portrait of Her’ at Arusha Gallery, Elaine Speirs explores the stark contrast she observes between the rich contours of female personhood and the depersonalised portraits of women that appear in the public sphere. Referencing a variety of imagery – ranging from eighteenth century portraiture to contemporary photography – the work reclaims the fleeting moments of humanity Speirs glimpses in these images, establishing a tentative connection between the distant and the intimate, between the universal and the personal, between glamour and the everyday.
Elaine Speirs was born in Johannesburg and moved to Paisley as a child. Her childhood experiences in and between these two places spurred an interest in the themes of fragility, contradiction and reinvention that recur throughout her work.