Art

Aileen Keith: Head and Hand Sum­mer­hall, Ed­in­burgh Un­til Jan­uary 4

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Open­ing yes­ter­day and run­ning un­til the be­gin­ning of Jan­uary, Aileen Keith ex­plores the pro­cesses of mem­ory and for­get­ting and their re­la­tion­ship to draw­ing in this new ex­hi­bi­tion Head and Hand.

Us­ing a range of ma­te­ri­als and meth­ods, Keith of­ten dis­cov­ers the end re­sult of her work grad­u­ally through lay­er­ing of im­ages, colour and line. Some­times de­ci­sions are then made to mod­ify, pre­serve, de­stroy or reestab­lish de­tail and add more lay­ers.

A grad­u­ate in sculp­ture and draw­ing from Ed­in­burgh Col­lege of Art she now works full time in her stu­dio hav­ing spent 30 years as a lec­turer. She’s ex­hib­ited her sculp­ture and draw­ings widely, in­clud­ing in gal­leries in Lon­don, Ja­pan and Fin­land and has been awarded sev­eral prizes, in­clud­ing the RSA Sum­mer­hall Prize in 2017.

“The word ‘mem­ory’ has many con­no­ta­tions,” she ex­plains. “When it is lost, it leads to ques­tions about per­son­al­ity, iden­tity and in­di­vid­u­al­ity.

“It also touches on how hu­man be­ings make sense of the vast vol­umes of in­for­ma­tion, opin­ions and ideas in a dig­i­tal world. What is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber? It con­nects with the present and the fu­ture, not ex­clu­sively the past.”

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