Nordic folklore inspires Kemnay art student

A Kemnay art student has taken inspiration from her Nordic heritage to create work centred on folklore and fairytale as part of her final year project, which is now on display in Aberdeen.

Ane Smith Degree Show 2016Ane Smith (22), whose mother is Norwegian, is studying Contemporary Art Practice (CAP) at Gray’s School of Art and has unveiled her work at the annual Degree Show, which runs until Saturday, June 25.

She has created a sound installation using earth mounds as a vessel for the sound to come out of; a series of seven masks made using lead, liquid iron and iron metal shavings; and a hand-bound book displaying scenes of a reflective experience of an observation of environment. 

Ane, who lived in Shetland until she was two years old, said: “I am primarily interested in using folklore and fairytale as a cultural mirror in my investigation of contemporary fear in relation to environment and how it has influenced society. 

“My mixed cultural heritage has allowed me to observe culture at a visceral level, and I draw from these experiences to develop my contextual and creative practice.  I draw inspiration from stories told to me as a child of Nordic fairytales from Norway and ‘Trowies’ from Shetland.”
Ane Smith Degree Show 2016She added: “My aim has been to invite the viewers to project their own emotions into the space I create whiles questioning their deepest influences. This project has been a continuation of a previous project that I have done where I investigated the fear of mental illness portrayed within folklore, and if this fear is still culturally felt within modern society today.”

Ane said she was pleased with the progression of her work and is looking forward to continuing my career as an artist.

She said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Gray’s - I’ve met so many fantastic people and I don’t really want to leave which is why I hope to apply for the one of the graduate in residence positions the university offers.

“I have also applied for an artist’s residency in Finland and am awaiting a reply from them.” 

The Gray’s School of Art Degree Show, which is sponsored by BP for the thirteenth year, runs from June 18 to 25 and will showcase work by students of all disciplines.

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology