Mary Morrison :: Gazing Heart


Fri, 3 March 2023 - Wed, 29 March 2023

Tue - Fri 10 - 5pm, Sat 10 - 4pm


&Gallery - 3 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QG

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Cost: Free

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Type: Exhibition

Tidal Progression II, oil on paper

Gazing Heart is Mary Morrison’s second solo exhibition with &Gallery.

Mary Morrison is from the Outer Hebrides and much of her work draws from the space, light and elemental qualities which are unique to the islands. Her work suggests liminal spaces, edges, tidal lines – always shifting. She evokes a sense of place and natural forms through the use of materials which include oil, pigment and beeswax. Fluid paint effects often combine with graphic elements and annotation relating to mapping, measuring and music, creating an additional visual language and tension within the paintings. 

Mary is interested in the idea of Geopoetics, which “is concerned, fundamentally, with a relationship to the earth and with the opening of a world.” (Kenneth White) 

Alongside works inspired by the Atlantic archipelago, the exhibition will also include works relating to the landscape of the Scottish Borders.

“I am continually inspired by relationships between the image and written word, in particular poetry. The exhibition title ‘Gazing Heart’ is from a line in a poem by W.B. Yeats ‘In Memory of Major Robert Gregory’ about the death of an artist friend of his in the first world war. This phrase came to me through another poet, Seumas Heaney. Knowing I was an artist, Seumas wrote this inscription to me in a copy of his book ‘Sweeney Astray – ‘To Mary Morrison and her ‘gazing heart’ which in turn led me to the source work by W.B. Yeats.

I treasure this inscription and have considered the phrase ‘the gazing heart’ for many years. It has particularly resonated with me in this last year, with major life shifts and losses which have made me reflect more deeply on the process of making work as an artist. I interpret this beautiful phrase in different ways, but in relation to my work it is about an intensity of gaze that goes beyond the merely optical or physical. It is about the inner gaze and recognising the direction our heart is gazing in and how what we love, what matters to us, will determine who we are. 

Going beyond the surface is important to me, and the intention is for these works to reveal themselves slowly.”

“…We dreamed that a great painter had been born

To cold Clare rock and Galway rock and thorn,

To that stern colour and that delicate line

That are our secret discipline

Wherein the gazing heart doubles her might.”

Extract from ‘In Memory of Major Robert Gregory’ by W.B. Yeats

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