Interview with 2013 Painting Graduate Vivian Ross-Smith.
2013 Painting Graduate Vivian Ross-Smith speaks with Head of Painting, Keith Grant, about her time at Gray’s, her Erasmus educational exchange to the University of Applied Arts in Turku, Finland, and the commission that she was awarded to produce a Painting for the foyer of the BlueSky Business Space in Westhill, Aberdeen.
Over the course of the Semester that she spent on exchange in Finland, Vivian started to coalesce her interests in the landscape, traditional crafts and culture of her native Shetland with those that she discovered while researching in Finland.
This turned out to be a formative experience for Vivian’s practice and the perfect preparation for her Honours year.
These ideas went on to form the basis of her Degree show where she successfully shaped a conduit, through which these interests were brought together with a focus that produced a subtle yet impressive body of work.