Meffan Museum and Art Gallery
A Traveller's Dreams
The next exhibition at The Meffan is by June Carey. A Traveller’s Dreams brings together for the first time a selection of work which has been inspired by different cultures throughout the world. Countries such as Malta, Mexico, India, Spain, Indonesia, Bali, Quebec, Italy, Cyprus and Poland, amongst others, have all influenced the work in this exhibition.
June states; “I have found that my work is inspired by seeing and experiencing the new and unusual. Foreign travel offers me this opportunity and always inspires new work. When I am in another country I seek out objects which I am drawn to and have a strong feeling about. I am never quite sure why I am drawn to a particular object, but am compelled to have it and take it home with me. Eventually it will begin to appear in my work, but usually in asymbolic way, representing something else which comes from deep inside my subconscious mind.”
“I have collected many such objects over the years and surround myself with them in my studio. It helps me to be able to touch them, see them close up and use them as a source for inspiration. My camera acts as a necessary companion on my travels and is my ‘aide memoire’ for everything that intrigues me. I usually take hundreds of photographs and select particular ones for my studio walls. This practice has repeated itself time and again, so I have now accepted that this is my way of doing research. I have used this practice to gather new ideas for the new series of Scottish inspired work, by visiting some of Scotland’s magnificent castles, museums and palaces.”
“Recognition that the beliefs and values of other cultures have provided a foundation for my work, I hope that this exhibition will stimulate visual familiarity to some and offer a glimpse of a different culture to others, including my own. I would also hope to give an understanding of how an artist can be influenced by their surroundings, and how it can be a never- ending search for self expression and conclusion.”
June began her art education in the 1960’s at Glasgow School of Art. In 1982 she became a member of Edinburgh Printmakers and began a lifelong love affair with printmaking. Discovering etching brought about a turning point in her work and career; she found the process of making an etching set her imagination free, and she has been exhibiting her work widely throughout Britain and abroad since.
June has won many awards, and her work can be found in the collections of Lady Thynne; Peter Gabriel, BBC Television, The Royal Bank of Scotland, The Scottish Arts Council, Oxford University, Teachers Whisky, Highland Region, Edwins Gallery Jakarta, Barclay Lennie Fine Art Ltd, MacTaggart & Mickel Ltd., Eastern General Hospital, McDonald Orr Ltd, Dundee District Council, Arts in Fife and in many private collections at home and abroad.
She has had thirteen solo exhibitions to date and has been invited to exhibit her work in more than fifty prestigious group exhibitions both at home and abroad. She has been elected to serve on the councils of most of the major Scottish art societies since 1989. She currently serves on the council for the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (RSW).
Please see exhibition newsletter (179 KB PDF) for further information.
The exhibition runs until Saturday 25 May, admission free.
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