Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show 2019
- Susan Mansfield
- 7 June 2019
Big, ambitious work in this eclectic show of graduating students' creations
With the refurbishment of the main building at ECA now complete, students are revelling in the spacious studios with big, ambitious work abounding, particularly in sculpture. Suzanne Anthony makes objects which resemble playground equipment from materials she finds in skips. Harry Lusty uses a giant sheet of brown paper to create a range of spaces and light levels with a single gesture.
Hugo Harris investigates the weight of the human body with a series of compelling sculptures and photographs. Both Lola Stong-Brett and Eve Watson disrupt domestic furniture, Stong-Brett with blocks of plaster and lengths of latex, and Watson with intricate sculptures made of glass. Richard Goldsworthy's wooden spheres show a profound sensitivity to materials.
Among the painters, Anna Rocke's small pictures of houses and landscapes after dark stand out, while Gary Anderson's ongoing investigation of Edinburgh finds expression in drawings, paintings and sculptural reliefs. Helen Moock's dedication to print-making is clearly bearing fruit, and Kara O'Donnell's sensitive portraits stand out among a smaller than usual number of photography graduates.
Concern for the environment is a recurring theme, with Daniel Howe's 'scapegoat' living on a diet of plastic balls. Gabrielle Gillott brings her audience down a winding corridor into what might be an abandoned bunker in a post-apocalyptic world, where everything is painted a shade of lilac called Safe Haven.
Several of the women are engaged in reclaiming the female body, most provocatively in Gabriela Grant's installation 'These tits are mine', more poetically in Hayley Whittingham's fluent drawings of nudes and big cats. Lauren Holehouse has printed her own newspaper, The Daily ECA, which spirals around part of the building, addressing the issue of information overload and fake news.
Others draw on the fertile world of the imagination, such as Emma-Kate Roberts with her 'ASPIE rocket' and carefully fashioned museum about the planet she explored, and Alex Hayward, whose paintings, drawings and superb collaged film were sparked by a trip to see Matthew Bourne's Cinderella.
ECA, Edinburgh, until Sun 9 Jun.