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. arushagallery.com. 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