Growing up on Britain’s most remote inhabited island, Fair Isle, I have spent the majority of my life as part of extreme landscapes and fragile communities.

Through my work I study and explore my rugged island surroundings. The work I make is layered, textural and tactile. I use traditional methods of craftsmanship such as knitting, preserving skins, net making and metal work, to explore relationships between material and surface; and between man made and natural.

My work is closely linked to geographical location. I consider the structure and formation of the landscape, with geology becoming a deciphering factor in how the work is constructed.

Decaying materials sit alongside clean lines to add stark contrast and highlight human kinds modern day relationship to the land.

Exploring, contrasting and manipulating material’s within my work, I use natural and chemical processes that are familiar but not normally associated with fine art, to challenge the viewer’s perception. Through this visual language I consider issues of climate change and attempt to address the issues that effect remote populations on a daily basis.

Standing on the cliffs of Fair Isle

Vivian Ross-Smith
Born Edinburgh 1990

“Fish skins, sand, seaweed and rocks: all are brought to bear in her practice, and the effect is magical, like experiencing a northern coast through all four seasons in just one sitting.” – Jordan Ogg

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Really impressed by your work “Plutonic” and how it changes with the light giving it a completely different perspective. I hall follow your work with interest.

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