+ for St Bride

CRUX (+ for St Bride) March 2020 by Alexander and Susan Maris. copyright Cultural Documents
CRUX (+ for St Bride) March 2020 by Alexander and Susan Maris. copyright Cultural Documents
  • 19 February –
    14 March10:00 – 16:00

Admission is FREE

Exhibition

19th February - 14th March 2021 

The artists Alexander and Susan Maris have produced the tapestry + for St Bride to evoke Argyll’s history of protection, endurance and healing in this time of pandemic.

For more than twenty years, Alexander and Susan Maris have collaborated to make artworks that reflect the cultural significance imbued into Scotland’s places. Following insights gathered from local knowledge and millennia-old symbols evident in landscape they have undertaken a journey of research through Argyll to produce an anthology of photographs, tapestries, texts, drawings and symbolic objects entitled ‘The Well at the World’s End’.

By translating the numerical proportions attributed to the Cailleach into the cruciform motif of the tapestries, and colouring the motif with dye from lichen gathered from around the well of St Bride in Dunoon, the artists bring two female protagonists into focus in a suite of biodynamic artworks.

The Cailleach is the ancient Celtic goddess and protector of Scotland revered for her ability to control land, sea and weather systems as she cared for our environment. Considered by many to be a christianisation of the Celtic goddess Brigid, St Bride became founder and abbess of the first Irish monastery and leader of Christian spirituality, equally revered as a symbol of renewal for enabling her community to find hope during times of deep despair.

+ for St Bride is an invitation to make sense of challenges affecting communities by reflecting on the dormant cultural histories and sacred landscapes of Argyll and Bute today.

 

+ for St Bride is part of the series The Well at the World’s End by Alexander and Susan Maris and commissioned by Cultural Documents

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Dates

  • 19 February –
    14 March10:00 – 16:00

Admission is FREE