Highland landscape inspires Inverness art student
A profound connection to the Highland landscapes of home has led one Inverness art student to create a series of work which will go on display in Aberdeen this month.
Lucy Michelle Hanna (23), is studying Contemporary Art Practice (CAP) at Gray’s School of Art and will unveil her work at this month’s Degree Show exhibition, which runs from June 20 to 27.
She was inspired to create the work thanks to her love of the land, producing large prints, panoramas and a diptych projection.
Lucy explained: “Having grown up in the Highlands I learnt about the beauty of the land and the rewards of adventure from an early age.
“My late Grandfather, Alastair Fulton an artist himself, was a keen fisherman and lover of the Scottish landscape and so too is my Father. Both, to whom, I am thankful for my connection to landscape, specifically the mountains.
“Much of my work is based around my connections to the Scottish landscape and my desire to be submerged within it.”
The former Inverness Royal Academy pupil said the body of work she has produced for the Degree Show came from an attempt to capture the feeling that is experienced at the summit of a mountain.
“You can see land for miles, you hear nothing but the wind, your self-awareness heightens, and the textures of the landscape, the way it reacts to or has reacted to the elements over the years – all of this is at the forefront of your mind,” Lucy said.
“I believe that once you have seen and felt a place you can visit it as many times as you wish in your mind’s eye. It becomes almost tangible wherever you may be.”
Talking about her work, Lucy said: “Using monoprint, I created large prints much like a textural landscape or water source. The viewer’s subconscious or knowledge of the land will create a unique way of looking at these prints.
“Through my use of both digital and film photography I have produced large scale panoramas. Using several photos of factual landscapes, taken within Scotland, I carefully arranged them to form a completely different scene. These works are manifest of somewhere between my memory and imagination.”
Lucy added: “The diptych projection of wind-blown grass plays on a loop. Particular moments slow down as others quicken. The viewer is invited to question the way they see the weather’s effect on the landscape, and their role within that landscape.
“Perhaps their perception of the wind changes, and they begin to see it as a single entity. But how can we see the wind without its effect on our landscape? Perhaps the focus shift will create a sense of submersion, of depth, and self-awareness. The most important thing is that the viewer inherently becomes a part of that landscape, and many other imagined and real landscapes.”
“As a collection these pieces are connected by an urge to present the fragmented nature of landscape; the layers and textures of the land in the monoprints, the narrative of our mind’s eye and how I feel towards my personal nostalgia of home through the panorama photographs, and an awareness of our Earth, its elements, and one’s self within nature, through the film.”
Lucy’s work will be on display as part of the Gray’s School of Art Degree Show, sponsored by BP for the twelfth year, which runs from June 20 to 27.
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