Being from Britain’s most remote inhabited island, Fair Isle, Vivian Ross-Smith has spent the majority of her life as part of extreme landscapes and fragile communities.
Through her art practice Ross-Smith studies and explores her rugged island surroundings. Using 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.
Ross-Smith is interested in the passing of knowledge through generations, resulting in communities having a deep understanding toward their island. Combining elements of painting, textiles and sculpture she embeds the stories and traditions of island life into the materials and imagery of her works.
Photo: Liam Henderson
“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, The Island Review