LOUISE BARRINGTON

The landscape of Orkney is central to my work, the underlying energy prevalent in open spaces and the quality of light, especially at ‘in between’ times – twilight, dawn, dusk – has greatly influenced my output. I worked directly in and with the landscape inspired by walking and gathering natural materials to dye fabrics, and create organic structures inspired by the principles of Ikebana composition. This use of found and harvested materials influenced by seasonal patterns and change has created a restrained colour palette specific to my local environment that relates to time and place. Where the landscape is held within the structures directly with the use of naturally dyed fabrics. The Japanese aesthetic of Ma where the negative space is equally important to the actual resounds hugely with my experience of Orkney’s landscape and underpins my work. In my approach to understanding landscape and my relationship to the Orkney landscape, I am interested in the concept and misinterpretation of ‘emptiness’ with an open space. Translated into my work, the void becomes an equally positive space for the projection of ideas and an expression of the limitlessness of possibilities. As an artist from and based in Orkney, my experience of the landscape is communicated by inviting others into a sublime space that is liminal – where the work is balanced between painting, sculpture and textiles.

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