The Herald Magazine - - Arts VISUAL -

Denise Zy­gadlo has de­vel­oped a highly-per­sonal vis­ual lan­guage which is ar­rived at by com­bin­ing pho­to­graphs of clas­si­cal sculp­tures with sec­tions of her own body, some­times wrapped in muslin cloth. This is fused to­gether us­ing an old-school pho­to­copy ma­chine.

The re­sult­ing col­lages are trans­ferred on to can­vas, cre­at­ing sur­real, frag­mented jig­saws of mar­ble, muslin thread and anatomy. Sculp­tures by artists Michelan­gelo and Gi­ambologna serve as in­spi­ra­tion; in some cases with pops of colour and gild­ing added by hand to the prints at a fi­nal stage. A new ex­hi­bi­tion of her work opened last night at Arusha Gallery in Ed­in­burgh.

Denise Zy­gadlo: Sable Charm and Dumb En­chant­ment, Arusha Gallery, 13A Dun­das Street, Ed­in­burgh EH3 6QG. Un­til De­cem­ber 21. 0131 557 1412. arusha­ Free

the orig­i­nal heart­felt piece of folk art.

She ex­plains: “I de­cided to make my own ver­sions of this pretty early on in the project and through do­ing so ap­pre­ci­ated just how much of a labour of love mak­ing the orig­i­nal must have been. The pa­per cir­cle is folded into six sec­tions but there is no way you can cut through this many pieces of pa­per at once, so it has to be have been made a cou­ple of lay­ers at a time.”

Asquith-Lamb’s two 21st-cen­tury ver­sions echo the lay­out and mea­sure­ments of the orig­i­nal and are dis­played com­pan­ion­ably on the wall along­side the orig­i­nal; both time cap­sules in their own way.

This new work bears all the hall­marks of an ex­u­ber­ant cre­ative spirit let loose. From de­scrip­tions of how the etch­ing process works to the pan­els which tell the viewer about the ori­gins of the Christ­mas cracker along­side ex­am­ples of the real early 20th-cen­tury thing it­self, it’s a mind-ex­pand­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Drawn from the Past fea­tures two Fes­tive Fri­days, evening events on De­cem­ber 7 and 14, when the artist will share her knowl­edge of past Christ­mas tra­di­tions and vis­i­tors can cre­ate their own dec­o­ra­tions (while en­joy­ing a sea­sonal re­fresh­ment). See web­site for de­tails

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