My work is based on the values of hope and strength through love. The piece of work is based on an image of Leith Theatre, which though close to being destroyed or shut down many times, is still standing and is now being used by the local community again. The history of the building represents the strength of human spirit and the idea that we can choose not to give in, but through the love of others instead find life and light again. Visually, I chose to emulate the texture of the peeling wallpaper that covers the walls of the building to allow colour to peek through the dark washes of paint in order to symbolise the idea of resurrection; the vibrancy and life that the place once had is slowly returning. I also chose to make the painting three dimensional - it’s constructed from three boards propped against each other that create a work that is fragile and tense, and yet the image is strong and definite. The building, as with our lives, is a fragile thing, but refuses to fold.
Acrylic paint and collage. Constructed from three boards: 2 x 2ftx2ft; 1 x 2ftx2.5ft (approx.)