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Student award Artist 1

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    Statement for Artist 1 The lemon: a bright brilliant perfumed jewel, full of joy, sun and warmth, a golden song of sybaritic sensuous pleasure and heady fragrant hedonism, a direct contrast to the earthy, earthbound neeps, potatoes and beets of my native Scotland, and the Celtic tendency to unspoken care and emotion. My twin brother died not long before I started art school and the Castor and Pollux painting of my first year – two lemons in a black box, one suspended on high like the fruits of the sixteenth century Spanish painter Juan Sanchez Cotan – was perhaps an overly literal response to his death. But the lemon has remained as a recurring motif - something I return to, amidst other work - it offered the dynamic of interesting tilt dissecting a horizon that I could explore in many different ways, palettes and moods. I’m less interested in ‘expressing myself’ and hope instead to become the voice for the sitter, the object, or that blue that wants to sing, to help them speak through me, to ‘honour’ them. I’m very drawn to the Japanese concept of wabi sabi, which is about acknowledging transience, seeing beauty in the modest, the natural, the fragile, the worn and broken marks of the passage of time, the afterglow of the incandescent, a quiet tenderness touched with melancholy. Now that I am a lone twin, I can see there were many more invisible or intangible – possibly even ineffable - aspects to that twin-ship. I realise that there have always been another’s eyes that I see with alongside my own, an ‘other’ that is somehow always a felt presence, even if I am alone. And now that its correlative, absence, is most keenly felt, I can see that with my art school series of thirty-odd solo/duo lemon studies, the subconscious leaks out anyway.
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