“I use text in my art, not as a writer or poet but as a collaborator. Collating and then creating out of the myriad of words and quotes collected from the differing groups I have worked alongside.”
To celebrate 10 years since graduation, artist Catherine Sargeant has created three new series of work for this solo exhibition at Leith School of Art. Painted scrolls with letters falling that allow the viewer to create their own words; a group of miniature works relating to the beauty and variety of the ampersand; and a collaborative series of altered screen prints each relating to Erasure Poetry developed by artists and writers who were each given the same template of words. The chosen words are from Catherine’s ongoing collection of the public’s favorite words, beginning with either C or S. The viewer will have the opportunity to participate with this same template of words and it will be added to an expanding artists book.
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Catherine Sargeant is a visual artist based in Edinburgh who uses text in her artworks. Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art during its Centenary year she became the first recipient of WASPS new graduate award. Along with her art practice Catherine teaches various art classes and is a professional member of the Society of Scottish Artists.
She finds words have an inherent beauty and is fascinated by the way we are saturated with text and communication in every aspect of our lives. Catherine aims to take this and create works that will simultaneously calm and question the viewer. Working in series using a variety of scales and surfaces. The text/words used are collected from many sources such as: individuals favourite words; poetry of Robert Burns; quotes; dictionary definitions; random found text; collaborations with contemporary poets.
Exhibition open Monday - Friday, 9am - 4:30pm
Private View: Friday 14 July 2017, 6pm - 8pm
Artist's Talk - Alphabet Soup: Saturday 12 August, 4pm - 5pm
Catherine Sargeant will give a talk about her work. There will be refreshments and live music provided by Tom Houston.