Preview: Friday 08 June, 6pm – 8pm
Exhibition Runs: 09 June – 30 June
“Healy’s depictions in glass and crystal, taking inspiration from the natural, worked and presented in a fragile medium, gives its own powerful message” Dr Joe Murray, Learning Officer at National Trust for Scotland.
For this exhibition, artist & designer Siobhan Healy presents four distinct, yet connected bodies of work in which she invites the viewer to consider the cultural legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh.
Her work, expressed in several different media, depicts symbolic rare flora and fauna to tell visual stories and to create a sense of discovery.
Included in the exhibition are experimental sculptures developed in crystal and metal. This work has been further developed into framed pieces consisting of silk-screens with crystal, diamond dust and precious metals, such as 24 carat gold leaf. Sitting alongside these, Healy includes a series of experimental, contemporary jewellery pieces which are inspired by the jewellery developed by the Mackintosh’s over 100 years ago. Finally, excerpts of correspondence between the artist and the renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough can be found hidden amongst and within the artworks.
Siobhan’s aim is to show the continuing influence that the creative partnership between Charles & Margaret exert in the art and design world to this day.
This exhibition is part of the ‘Inspired by Mackintosh Collection’ – an ongoing research and development project by Siobhan Healy. The ‘collection’ is composed of depictions of flora and fauna with linear flowing form, which defined the original Glasgow Style; developed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh and inspired by the Art Nouveau movement.
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Siobhan Healy BA Hons (b. 1976, Glasgow) studied at Edinburgh College of Art and gained her degree in Applied Art & Design. Her specialisms are crystal and silver forming, both sculptural and small scale for jewellery. She is currently Artist in Residence at Edinburgh College of Art/Edinburgh University. In recent years her artwork has gained prestigious worldwide prizes and can be found in notable museum collections. Previous clients include – The Scottish Government, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), The BBC, Craignish Castle, North Lanarkshire Council, East Dumbartonshire Council and Clackmannanshire Council. Her work is in collections in the UK, India, USA and Dubai. Siobhan has also been a consultant and demonstrated glass-making processes on BBC 1’s Homes Live programme and also on BBC2’s Geology programme ‘Men of Rock’ with Professor Ian Stewart.
The combination of innovative work combining science, art & environment, which push the boundaries of materials, has allowed her to develop her unique contemporary work.