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