Laura Drever and Farlin at Bonhoga Gallery
31 July 2012
Photo: Molly Ginnelly & Bruce Eunson,
from a poem, 'Maybe This Isn't a Tree.'
Running over the next six weeks at Bonhoga
Gallery alongside Anne Bevan's exhibition Particle - Things Unseen
(in the main gallery) are two exhibitions in the lower
is a series of new works by Orcadian artist Laura Drever.
Laura studied at Edinburgh College of Art, returning to Orkney in
2003 and visited Shetland last year as part of Wordplay to promote
her project with poet Lesley Harrison, Ecstatics; a Language of
Her work is heavily influenced by her
experience of the landscape and wildlife around her and the process
of walking and observing is closely connected to the work she
produces. She uses the memory of a direct experience in the
landscape to create her drawings and/or paintings without working
The work exhibited in Bosquoy is delicate and
beautiful, with shapes and traceries suggestive of land masses and
human and/or animal presence. It complements perfectly the work of
fellow Orcadian Anne Bevan in the main gallery whose work examines
microscopic elements of the marine environment.
In the craft cabinet and stairwell is Farlin, an exhibition of
craft and poetry by partnerships between poets and craft-makers in
Shetland and Fife. Jewellery, poetry, contemporary textiles and
craft objects are shown as finished pieces or works-in-progress,
illustrating a series of responses to work by another
The randomly-paired Farlin poets and
craft-makers used email, skype, social media and the postal service
to create a virtual creative community, sending each other
influences through the forms they make, a shared theme, their
materials, or a line from a poem.
The exhibition marks the first six months
of the Farlin
project, which continues until a final presentation and exhibition
at StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival in Fife, in
March 2013. The project is a collaboration between Shetland Arts
and Fife Contemporary Art & Craft. Based on farlin - a
shared container of herring, it represents a unifying resource of
work and nourishment common to both Fife and Shetland.
The exhibitions run from 4th August to
16th September and are free to attend.