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Coming home show for artist Amy

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By Fiona Reid
Coming home show for artist Amy

TWELVE new paintings by a Dumfriesshire born artist have gone on show in the region.

Amy Winstanley, who grew up in Dalry but now lives in Glasgow, is exhibiting her work at Cample Line Gallery near Thornhill.

The ‘Slim Glimpses, Connections and Putting Down Roots’ shows runs until September 10, and is open Thursdays to Sundays.

It includes a group of new paintings that build upon Amy’s distinctive body of work, combining vivid colour and rich painterly language in vibrant compositions that envision new possibilities for being in the world.

She has said that it is ‘the act of painting that helps me to find points of connection to the world and to what I am thinking and feeling.’

A newly commissioned short essay by writer and programmer Caitlin Merrett King will accompany the exhibition.

Explaining the exhibition’s title, Slim glimpses, Amy said it refers to ‘small moments’ that break through and briefly interrupt everyday activities.

She has drawn on the work of writers Donna Haraway, Karen Barad, Matthew Hall and Robin Wall Kimmerer and said: “I was thinking of this research in tandem with my own experience of being in the world. There are glimpses of hope in the reframing of who we are and how we live to include all those we are entangled with, human and nonhuman, in order to cultivate a better way to live with the world.”

The body of work included in Slim Glimpses is rich in allusions to foliage, trees, clouds, fields, sunny orbs, hills and water discernible across the canvases – in a nod to her rural childhood.

Amy studied MA Fine Art at Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam and BA (Hons) sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art.

She has exhibited in solo and group shows in USA, UK, Netherlands and South Korea.

Amy was nominated for the Sluijter prize for painting 2019 and has been the recipient of the Hope Scott Trust award and the Creative Scotland Visual Arts Award.

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