IN DEFENCE OF EXCESSIVE SLEEPING // EILIDH MORRIS

9th March – 6th April

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Eilidh Morris encourages their self-conscious to work through automatic art-making and expressive use of colour. The creative practice of making imagination art relies on honest self-representation and a belief that there are no real accidents in terms of content. A psychological element is always present and brings greater introspection on completion of a drawing or painting.  Eilidh describes it as imagination art and hopes to evoke conversation and fascination through the dream-like chaos that unfurls on canvas.

‘In Defence of Excessive Sleeping’ is a collection of artworks reflective of Eilidh’s varied artistic styles.  The title refers to Morris’ mental health and the positive effect ‘excessive sleeping’ has on the imagination. Perhaps it is okay to sleep for 15 hours if the result is a burst of curious invention. Each piece tells a different story but all were created in a very emotive and fluid artistic process using paints, pro-markers and POSCA pens. This includes autobiographical portraits such as “Maple Cabin” based on a trip to Canada, and “Paisley 2014”,the latter of which blurs a line between memory and nightmare. Also included are creations which exist wholly in a fantasy realm, such as “It’s Waking Up,” which depicts a huge ‘King Worm’ arising from its slumber in a deep, dark cave, and “Theia”, an imagined portrait of a powerful cosmic being.

Eilidh recently brought their multi-coloured imagination to life with the design and painting of a large, unicorn-themed rhino sculpture in Hamilton’s “The Big Stampede” public art trail in summer of 2017. This was eventually auctioned in aid of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. Also in 2018, Eilidh’s graphite piece “Spinal” was published in North-east Scotland’s Magazine of New Writing, “Pushing out the Boat”, and the illustration “Hyper-Stimulation” was featured in mental health charity Subconscious’ pop-up exhibition in San Francisco to help raise awareness and eradicate stigma associated with mental illness.

“In Defence of Excessive Sleeping” is Morris’ first solo exhibition.

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Eilidh Morris was one of the many talented artists who were part of our group exhibition 2018 Showcase, and we are extremely excited to have them back for their very own solo show!
Be sure to check out more of Morris’ work by following these links:
www.eilidhmorris.com
www.eilidhmorrisart.etsy.com
www.instagram.com/eilidhmorrisart
www.facebook.com/eilidhmorrisart

RENDER / 12th – 24th January 2017

Six Foot Gallery’s Render presents a series of works by three artists spanning sculpture, photography and collage.

Central to the concerns of the artists is their desire to establish an interactive relationship between viewer and maker; be that through touch, the adoption of a playful and imaginative gaze or through invitation to transverse both internal and worldly landscapes.

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Craig Black makes physical his personal experiences of comfort, fear and pain, creating an opportunity for new dialogue on love and loss. This dialogue is realised though his unique touch, from hand drawn line to tactile objects. The viewer is invited to participate by adding the warmth of their hands to his sculptures. 

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Curious Wonders, a selection of photographs by Louise Dautheribes Mckerl, invites the viewer to experience the fragments of her travels through the US, France, Scotland and Jamaica. In the frame and out of it, the call of the road captured by Dautheribes seeks to spark our own imaginings.

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Glasgow based artist Richard Martin‘s collage works create a sense of familiarity and equal unease. In his cuts and process of recording there exists both a continuity and a disjunction with the world as an image.

By establishing an environment in which narrative and experiential fragments can be connected by visitors, Render sees these disparate works meet.

To find out more about each artist stay turned to our blog!

Join us on the 24th of January for our Closing Party. More details can be found on our Facebook page: Render at Six Foot Gallery