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Journey through life

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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Journey through life

A NEW exhibition opened in Dumfries this weekend exploring memories, hopes and imagination.

‘Orchard’ features the work of Maggie Ayres and her pieces recall everything from a childhood playing among apple trees, through the joys and trials of motherhood, to struggles with anxiety and depression. Although an intensely personal, almost circular, journey through life, the universal themes of desire, struggle and hope, are something everyone can connect to.

Over a year in the making, Maggie has created a series of abstract wall pieces and boxes using the ancient art of encaustic painting, incorporating beeswax mixed with tree resin, oil paints, rust printed paper, found objects and constructed materials. She said: “This is very much a journey through life, and I think it reflects the experiences and feelings of many people. I didn’t want to feel limited to one medium or form of expression. The pieces are richly textured with multiple layers, which allow the viewers to explore their own thoughts and emotional experiences.”

Maggie was born in Dumfries and is now based in Kirkcudbright. Her show will run at the Gracefield Arts Centre until October 6.


  • Photo by Kim Ayres

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