Fiona Percy is the creator of Twin Transgressions Exhibition that’s in the First Circle Gallery. The exhibition is up until Sun 29 Feb – read the blog and pop along.
The ropes for Twin Transgressions took around sixty hours to make. I started gathered grasses, nettles, sticky willie and other borderland plants from the field edges around Macbeths hillock near Brodie, in the week of the winter equinox.
The boot of our car holds about enough for six meters, so I received a good few funny looks while out gathering. Sorting my horde into usable bundles I kept them moist while working into rope using traditional twining. The tension of opposite twists holds the rope together which I really like as a metaphor.
I especially like copper to be within my artworks as I use it as a symbol of both protection and conductivity, running through the world around us. In alchemy copper represents love, balance and artistic creativity which I think are important traits to embrace individually and, in the LGBT,+ community at large today.
The wood comes from a discarded single divan which was taken apart and reconstructed into its present form. It is stained with walnut dye. I like the idea that objects absorb the essence of what goes on around them, so a discarded children’s bed becomes a powerful poignant thing resonating with (I hope) bedtime stories.
The idea of a bed as a safe space, as a sanctuary and a place where we are free to be, and our imagination can take flight. Reconstructed as two beds from a discarded single divan the splitting echoes the split between public and private, being out and closeted: the possibilities and the realities of adult life.
And don’t let the bed bugs bite.
(no bugs are included in the works)
This blog was beautifully created by Fiona Percy.