Grant’s six-week RSA Residency in Cromarty took place during the first pandemic lockdown in March and April 2020. Her premise for the residency was to explore real and imagined landscapes through an engagement with the mythic. Also to experiment with new mediums beyond painting, such as photography and site-specific installation.
Treatise on the Wound builds on Grant’s work from both Cromarty and Bothkennar, expanding her practice into gallery installations that use sculptural and found objects to further explore the nature of the ‘wound’. The installation was exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in 2022 as part of the ‘Scotland Small?’ exhibition of recent work by RSA Residencies for Scotland Awardees.
Inscriptions in Arcadia is a series of site-specific artworks situated in the beautiful and protected landscape around the Bothkennar Pools, near Skinflats. Visitors were invited to walk on easily accessible paths through this real landscape with its pine trees and lagoons, its reedbeds and fields, and imagine another - the semi-mythical land of Arcadia. They encountered artworks created from found and made objects placed within elements of the land’s rich industrial and cultural past. Each artwork highlights the unique historical environment of the area, transformed through inscriptions from classical mythology evoking the Gods, the Underworld and the pastoral.
Audrey Grant and Norman McBeath
National Galleries of Scotland at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
25 May - 30 October 2019
The Long Look explored portraiture through an extraordinary and intimate artist and sitter relationship and was a unique creative exchange between the painter Audrey Grant and photographer and printmaker Norman McBeath, and with the author Val McDermid.
New Paintings, Artist Books and Polaroids
Tatha Gallery, Newport on Tay, 5th October - 2nd November 2019
This new body of work takes as its starting point the idea of ‘Arcadia’, as a real place but also an imagined place or landscape. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe travelled through Italy in between 1786-1788 and on a visit to Rome was welcomed into the Society of Arcadians, which he describes in detail.
My Arcadia paintings are inspired by an entry in his diary when he travelled to Sicily, and whilst walking through the Public Gardens in Palermo it's great beauty and natural abundance awoke in him a vision of the antique world and Homer's description in The Odyssey of Phaeacia's Gardens. Audrey Grant, 2019
The inspiration and starting point for this cycle of paintings is Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen (The Waves of Sea and Love) by the Austrian dramatist Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872). This is a re-telling of the classical myth of Hero and Leander. This exhibition featured an allegorical painting in six parts alongside a further series of figure paintings – Le Figure á Nu eight paintings of the figure naked and a series of ten experimental small format oils – Woman.
Ceci est mon Corp (This is my body) is a cycle of paintings arising from the artist’s collaboration with Scottish Ballet in rehearsal at their studios in Tramway, Glasgow between 2012 – 2016. The paintings focused on the powerful and moving ballet premiered in Scotland at the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival - MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps), choreography by Angelin Preljocaj and Christopher Hampson’s lyrical Cinderella.