On 17th May 2019, Fife-based artist Kirsty Lorenz brings her solo show ‘Poesis’ to Resipole Studios. The exhibition includes a range of recent works from the artist’s ongoing project ‘Votive Offerings’ – a collection of paintings of flower posies, which the artist has made (and left) around Scotland, and further afield, for strangers to find. The artist first began this project in 2014 after a field trip to the Outer Hebrides to see the wild flowers in the Machair.
The exhibition takes it title from the Latin word ‘Poesis,’ from which the words poetry and posy were derived. The work itself explores the motif of the posy as a gift, prayer or message, as well as the poetics of the act of making and leaving the posies in different environments or locations, and the exquisite beauty and detail of the plants. To date Kirsty has painted approximately 150 ‘Votive Offerings’. In this solo exhibition at Resipole, the paintings on display will be directly inspired by wild Scottish flowers, poisonous flowers, vegetable and herb flowers, and the poetry of Kathleen Raine.
Speaking of her forthcoming exhibition, Kirsy said “I am delighted to be exhibiting at Resipole Gallery as it is an area I have visited every summer for many years with my children. So many of the flowers I have painted grow in this beautiful region and are especially abundant at the time of the exhibition, in May and June.”
Not only is Kirsty’s project unusual, her studio space is rather unconvetional too – it’s location being on Platform 2 of Ladybank Railway Station in Fife. Still a functioning station on the main line from Edinburgh to Dundee, Kirsty rennovated the old station restaurant in 2009, to create her studio rooms.
In addition to Kirsty’s exhibition, the gallery will also be hosting Lochaber-based multidisciplinary artist Richard Bracken’s show ‘Living Memory’, which is a response to the stories of two Lochaber woodlands affected by the World Wars. The mossed-over and charred trunks still visable today in the woodlands have provided the inspiration for a series of cast-iron sculptures and photographic works. In the main gallery, the striking landscape and seascape paintings of Kirsty Cohen and Jim Wright will be on display in a joint exhibition of their work.
Image caption: Kirsty Lorenz, ‘Votive Offerings No. 100, Artichoke and Dill’, c/o Resipole Studios
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