Overview

All of Grant’s work is underpinned by intellectual ideas derived from, and inspired by, poetry, literature and philosophy.

 

Grant’s six-week RSA Residency in Cromarty took place during the first pandemic lockdown in March and April 2020. Her premise for the residency was to explore real and imagined landscapes through an engagement with the mythic. Also to experiment with new mediums beyond painting, such as photography and site-specific installation.

 

As a result of the restrictions imposed by the lockdown, Grant’s attention turned to what she discovered during her daily walk. She began to photograph the local area using her iPhone and Polaroid camera, with a particular focus on a series of found sculptural environments. These included the ruins of a Gaelic Chapel and the monumental oil rig platforms and related shipping activity within the Cromarty Firth.

 

These landscapes became a series of ‘subjects to be investigated’ to which Grant assigned further allegorical meaning - the oil rigs becoming a metaphor for Valhalla, in Norse mythology a majestic hall for the slain, and the tow-ships the vessels in which the dead are carried to their final resting place. A twisted, discarded chair frame and the remains of a bonfire in the Gaelic Chapel became a metaphor for the Amfortas Wound, a mythical medieval king whose wound can never heal.

 

On her return from Cromarty, Grant was awarded Creative Scotland funding to develop these ideas further. This led in 2021 to Inscriptions in Arcadia, a commission from Forth Valley Art Beat for a series of site-specific installations on the theme of real and imagined landscapes in the area around the Bothkennar Pools, near Skinflats. It was here that Grant first began to cast discarded shotgun cases as a reflection on the dark side of the Arcadian dream.

 

Treatise on the Wound builds on Grant’s work from both Cromarty and Bothkennar, expanding her practice into gallery installations that use sculptural and found objects to further explore the nature of the ‘wound’.

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Biography

Audrey Grant grew up in Grangemouth and lives and works in Edinburgh. She is an award-winning painter who also experiments in drawing, photography and installation. Grant trained at Leith School of Art before showing figurative work in Edinburgh from 2011 and at Panter and Hall, London where her most recent exhibition was Paradise in 2020. In 2019 Grant explored the complex nature of long-durational drawing for her collaboration, The Long Look: The Making of a Portrait with the National Galleries of Scotland.

 

Grant’s work has regularly been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA), Society of Scottish Artists (SSA) and Visual Arts Scotland (VAS) Open Exhibitions. She has won a number of awards including the Anne Redpath Award and the W. Gordon Smith Award at the VAS Open, and the Open Eye Gallery and Tatha Gallery exhibition prizes at the SSA Open.

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