half oot afore i’ da left
An Tobar Gallery
April 6 – June 1
“Living on Fair Isle and later the Shetland mainland, we spent every summer travelling from Shetland to Mull and back again. Island hopping remains a key part of my life.”
Vivian Ross-Smith, 2018
Ross-Smith’s grandfather was a Scott and a Mull man. In this exhibition she explores the linking of people to place and considers the history left as a result.
The exhibition ‘half oot afore i’ da left’ considers her family ties with Mull and Shetland via Lower Leogh, her mother’s old croft on Fair Isle.
Opening at lambing time, the exhibition title refers to the earmark used on the hill sheep of Lower Leogh. Through painting, textiles, metalwork and sculpture; the series of work explores life, death, illness, healing, and dependency through crofting imagery, the handwriting of her mother and grandfather, and the artist’s personal memories of life and loss.
Ross-Smith considers the links to her island homes and her altering relationship to these places as her family dynamic shifts and reshapes.
“Through experiences of life and death our memory and relationship to place, changes.”
All Photos: Sarah Darling.