‘Island Connections’ is a series of works considering the relationship between people and land. Vivian recently spent 2months as Artist in Residence on the island of Korpo, where she developed this new body of work as a conversation between the Finnish Archipelago and her home islands of Shetland, and in particular Fair Isle.
Although these two networks of islands have very different landscapes, they are tied together by latitude and island mentality. Being an islander is an identity that connects people. It’s a way of life, of thinking and being.
Vivian is interested in the passing of knowledge through generations, resulting in communities having a deep understanding toward their island. Vivian considered the formation of these island connections by looking at details of light, colour, geology, human impact and community. Combining elements of painting, textiles and sculpture Vivian embeds the stories and traditions of island life into the materials and imagery of the works.
‘Island Connections’ is open at Bonhoga Gallery, Weisdale on Wednesday – Friday 11am to 3pm and Saturday – Sunday 11am to 4pm until Sunday 5th March.