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The Blessing of the Rain

06 June 2018 - 30 June 2018

We are delighted to welcome Kirsty Lorenz for her first solo exhibition at The Scottish Gallery - The Blessing of the Rain. Kirsty Lorenz is a visual artist working in Fife, for whom flowers are a central subject, depicting them in different ways and contexts through painting, drawing, mixed media and video installation. Votive Offerings is her current and ongoing project. Begun in 2014, it is a series of portrayals of wildflower posies she is making and leaving around Scotland, and further afield. The work explores the motif of the posy as a gift, prayer or message, as well as the poetics of the act of making and leaving the posies in different environments or locations. In her new exhibition, Kirsty has included Offerings collected in Orkney and Fife, as well as a new series of bouquets of wild flowers inspired by 18th-century artist Mary Delany.

Kirsty Lorenz

Meet the Artist

Born: 1969

Kirsty Lorenz is a visual artist for whom flowers are a central subject, depicting them in different ways and contexts through painting, drawing, mixed media and installation.

‘Deep in their roots all flowers hold the light’ Theodore Roethke

Over the years her incorporation of them into her artwork has grown from straight portraiture to more complex compositions and ideas. The Votive Offerings project is an ongoing series of portrayals of wild flower posies. She is making and leaving these posies around Scotland. In this, the work becomes as much about the act of making and leaving the posies in different environments, and the motif of the posy as a gift, as it is a celebration of the form of the flowers and plants portrayed.

She works from her unusual studio on Platform 2, Ladybank Railway Station in Fife. Ladybank Station is a still functioning station on the line from Edinburgh to Dundee. Built c.1850 her studio rooms used to be the old station restaurant which she renovated to create the studio in 2009.

She studied at Goldsmiths College, London 1989-92, then was Hospital Arts Co-ordinator for Artlink-Edinburgh until 2001 when she returned to making her own artwork.


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