"Artists are truth seekers. It is their task to see things which most of us fail to notice, and to make them visible. They make the monstrous beautiful. This is how to heal the world."
Tony Davidson, Director of Kilmorack Gallery
What a world it would be if we were all artists. Here is a selection of four works which illustrate the healing power of art.
1 ADE ADESINA"The View after the Question"
Ade Adesina's work combines global images; from his African roots, travel, architecture, and animals - and creates woodcut and etchings that question the human footprint on the world.
Adesina is one of the most ecological and international artists based in Scotland.This giant woodcut ‘The View after the Question’ is inspired by global connectivity and how wealth can transform a landscape.
2 EOGHAN BRIDGE"The Mess We're In"
Bridge’s horses are strong and loving, and the rider is vulnerable and trusting. It is their harmonious relationship that is so beautiful.
Eoghan Bridge’s work often literally turns equestrian sculpture on its head. The horse is now above the rider.
3 PAUL BLOOMERRelic Tree
Shetland is famous forhaving very few trees, but they are there in cliffs and gorges where sheep can't nibble. These are relic trees. Paul Bloomer followed the pull of the north and now works from his studio opposite St Ninian’s Isle. His paintings and prints give voice to the birds, trees and stones of these northern islands.
In Bloomer’s work it is nature not man who tells the story.
4 PINKIE MACLURE"Beauty Tricks"
The evils of consumerism are mocked by Pinkie Maclure. Rapunzel vomits bulimically while Granny knits barbie dolls from plastic, a shape for girls to aspire too. In the pink dress, a woman is botoxed, liposuctioned and censored. Above Satan steels all the knowledge, and below lies what is left... plastic.
Like medieval illuminated manuscripts, Pinkie Maclure’s witty and beautiful stained glass lightboxes also enlighten the world.
Healing Art: four works to heal the world