Exhibition

Portrait of Her // Elaine Speirs

24 Aug 2017 – 17 Sep 2017

Regular opening hours

Monday
10:00 – 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 – 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 17:00
Thursday
10:00 – 17:00
Friday
10:00 – 17:00
Saturday
10:00 – 17:00
Sunday
13:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

Free

Arusha Gallery

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Address

Save Event: Portrait of Her // Elaine Speirs

I've seen this

People who have saved this event:

close

In Portrait of Her, 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.

About

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.

In Portrait of Her, 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.

Speirs is fascinated by the uneasy coexistence of contradictory states: strength and vulnerability, loneliness and hope, freedom and control. Portrait of Her examines these tensions by employing a dynamic technique of wiping and layering that suggests the human process of erasure and reinvention. We are left with a series of momentary resolutions that contain both clarity and a sense of contingency.

Speirs trained at Edinburgh College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. A regular exhibitor at the RSA, with VSA, and at the SSA, she has also exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London. Her awards include the Glasgow Club Award (2012), the Caron Keating Memorial Award, Mall Galleries, London (2012) and the John Purcell Works on Paper Award, Mall Galleries (2015). She was shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition (2014), the Threadneedle Painting Prize (2014), and the W Gordon Smith Award (2016). She lives in Edinburgh with her three daughters. 

What to expect? Toggle

Comments

Have you been to this event? Share your insights and give it a review below.