'Narratives of the North' is a joint exhibition by soon to be Grays graduates Lucy Michelle Hanna and Rosie Scott. The works on display at Seventeen range from giant slab like screen prints to collected and curated objects relating to adventures across the highlands and islands of Scotland.
Most of the works on display relate to the stories of walking in nature and observing and collecting as you go, creating a narrative after the event which gives a glimpse into it but holds back enough allowing the viewer put their own spin on things. Amongst the collected items you will find rocks, leaves, quick sketches of trees and hills, a compass, guide books and a map folded out to reveal some of its precious information. Along with the collections you have some screen printed collages which again are quite elemental in their execution, paper and metal on wood and multiple layers built up from fragments, stitched together as one. A great quote from American Conservationist John Muir stands out and helps give a context to the work and informs where the artists are coming from with their joint narratives of hours spent in the wild.
Unless your familiar with Lucy's work, which you can see more of here it would be hard to tell who made what as the two compliment each other so well. As part of the show the artists have been running work shops which are free to attend and gives you a chance to carve your own stone from clay which will be added to their on site cairn. Anyone familiar with the hills should know what a cairn is but just in case you don't, it can be a small or large group of stones which are piled together to form a mound or marker point to help keep wanderers on the right path.
The final workshop will be taking place tomorrow between 11am and 1.30pm and the show closes on the 16th May so make sure and pop down for a look if you're free and you can check out some photos from the show below.