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Lipperin Exhibition

This group exhibition was curated by the students as part of our 3rd Year Professional Practice module for the BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree course at UHI Shetland, and supported by Shetland Arts. We were lucky to have the exhibition space in the Bonhoga Gallery.

'Lipperin' is described in John J. Graham's Shetland dictionary as to be full to overflowing. At the time we felt our ideas and our creative practice were 'lipperin owre'. I began to think of how our work in the gallery space could be lipperin owre.

I was exploring the narrative and materiality of the media I used to create the work for the exhibition. I found that contrasts seemed to emerge within the work: strength and vulnerability, femininity and masculinity, figurative and abstract, light and dark, hidden and exposed, natural and man-made, homely and uncanny.

I enjoyed working in the fine line between these seemingly opposing themes. Someone commented that they didn't know whether it was creepy or in need of a hug.

"If you put frightening things into a picture, then they can't harm you. In fact, you end becoming quite fond of them." - Paula Rego