Inspiration found on the Edge of the World

Kirsty Lorenz at work on the island of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides.
Kirsty Lorenz at work on the island of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides.

North east Fife based artist Kirsty Lorenz has launched a new exhibition of her latest paintings in the foyer of St Andrews Town Hall.

The paintings are the result of a research trip to the Outer Hebrides made in August 2013, funded with support from an Fife Opportunities Grant.

The trip was to visit the incredibly prolific wild flowers growing on the Machair areas on the beautiful islands of North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist.

On this trip, Kirsty gathered material and inspiration for creating a new body of work, in the form of photographs, sketches and small videos.

These have been the starting point for the mixed media works and oil paintings on display in St Andrews following an invitation from Fife Contemporary Art & Craft (FCA&C).

She said one response to the abundance of wild flowers was to create lots of small posies in different locations and photographing them.

The flowers have also inspired an ongoing series of paintings of posies on to maps. They are painted in watercolour on to digital prints of details from Ordinance Survey maps of the places where the posies are made.

Kirsty said: “This is a way of celebrating the beauty and diversity of the small flowers growing so profusely, a way of making the beauty and detail of the little posies everlasting, and of placing them within the context in which they grew.”

The exhibition, which runs until Tuesday, October 7, also features a small selection of items printed by Ruth Morris of Roobedo, a long-time friend and fellow artist of Kirsty’s. As Ruth works largely with Harris tweed, it seemed appropriate to use Kirsty’s paintings in combination with Harris tweed.

St Andrews Town Hall is usually open Monday -Friday 10am-5pm. Call FCA&C on 01334 474610 for more details.