Exhibition examines aftermath of storm
An art exhibition considering the effects of a cyclone has been created by a group of Edinburgh College of Art staff and students in collaboration with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
After the Storm looks at the legacy of Cyclone Andrea, which swept across Scotland on 3 January 2012 affecting thousands of trees, some of which were in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).
The exhibition, which is open until 28 May and celebrates the theme of regeneration, recovery and resilience, and offering a positive response to the effects of Cyclone Andrea, has been produced in two-parts.
The first part displays fine furniture constructed from RBGE timber windblown during Cyclone Andrea in 2012, and includes new drawings and artist's books by Jane Hyslop, who lectures both in the School of Art and School of Design at ECA, and aerial photography by Dr Patricia Macdonald, Honorary Fellow.
The second part presents work by fifteen ECA students as well as site-specific artworks by sculptor Kevin Dagg, photographer Susanne Ramsenthaler and graphic designer-illustrator Mike Windle and site-specific performance and video installation by movement artist Sophia Lycouris, all of whom also lecture at ECA.
This project is supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, The Scottish Furniture Maker’s Association and Woodland Heritage.
Sophia Lycouris, who organised the second part of this exhibition with Kevin Dagg, said: “This was a challenging and extremely interesting project. We are very pleased with the outcome, and impressed by the variety of responses to the unique qualities of the moment ‘after the storm’. Above everything else, we very much enjoyed the opportunity to bring together artistic work by staff and students in a single but multifaceted event”.
Photo credit - Forms of Inhabitation by Sophia Lycouris with dancers Adam Hussain and Suzi Cunningham, image by Susanne Ramsenthaler