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Elaine Speirs: Portrait of Her

  • Venue: Arusha Gallery
  • Date: 24 Aug '17 - 17 Sep '17
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Price: Free
  • Venue Address:
    13A Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QG

  • Free

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Elaine Speirs was born in Johannesburg and moved to Paisley as a child. Her childhood

experiences in and between these two places spurred an interest in the themes of fragility, contradiction and reinvention that recur throughout her work.



In Portrait of Her, Speirs explores the stark contrast she observes between the rich contours of female personhood and the depersonalised portraits of women that appear in the public sphere. Referencing a variety of imagery - ranging from eighteenth century portraiture to contemporary photography - the work reclaims the fleeting moments of humanity Speirs glimpses in these images, establishing a tentative connection between the distant and the intimate, between the universal and the personal, between glamour and the everyday.



Speirs is fascinated by the uneasy coexistence of contradictory states: strength and

vulnerability, loneliness and hope, freedom and control. Portrait of Her examines these tensions by employing a dynamic technique of wiping and layering that suggests the human process of erasure and reinvention. We are left with a series of momentary resolutions that contain both clarity and a sense of contingency.

Elaine Speirs - Girl in Garden
Elaine Speirs - Girl in Garden Elaine Speirs - Girl in Garden