A talented local art student, whose fascinating work focuses around the importance of memory, will have her work on display in Aberdeen this week.
Emma Laing (22), who is studying Contemporary Art Practice at Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Gray’s School of Art, has unveiled the culmination of four years’ hard work at the annual Degree Show, which runs until Saturday 24 June.
Emma, originally from Peterculter, made the decision to study at her local art school with the dream of turning her passion into a career.
She said: “When I left school, I had no idea what I wanted to do, but art has always been the one thing I had real confidence in, and after being introduced to printmaking I haven’t looked back since.
“My work focus on the fragility of memories and the power that simple family photographs can have. After spending a lot of time volunteering within the NHS and other care communities, I have personally seen illnesses like dementia progressively begin to peel away at who we are as individuals.
“I’m looking beyond the surface of these nostalgic artefacts and showing the support they can give us in re-finding our personal identities – with small trigger points stimulating one story after another.”
Emma’s enjoyable time at university has brought her to a place where she is looking ahead with a clear future in mind for her skills.
“I wouldn’t wish for a different experience from Gray’s, the tutors, studios and workshop facilities. I’ve been taught how to develop my own skillset and it’s built up my confidence to step outside my comfort zone.
“After graduation, I hope to continue improving my practice and to raise more awareness about how important evocative objects can be for reliving memories and as a means of therapy.
“My end goal is to build a career in art therapy or offering support within communities, as I truly believe that art should be recognised as a key therapeutic tool.”
The Gray’s School of Art Degree Show, which is sponsored by BP for the fifteenth year, runs from 16-24 June and will showcase work by students of all disciplines.
by Rob Smith
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