The Space Between - an exhibition by Fiona Watson
- Talitha Kotzé
- 23 July 2009
ETCHINGS & PRINTS
The printing workshop and gallery at Glasgow Print Studio (GPS) is currently closed due to relocation to Trongate 103. Every month its retail outlet across the road, Gallery III, invites a workshop member to show a selection of work. This month Fiona Watson exhibits a small selection of monochromatic etchings and colourful digital prints.
With a background in biological sciences, Watson studied printmaking at GPS and the technique of etching copper and steel plates with acids turned out to be the perfect blend between science and art. Watson recognises studying biology as the main visual influence on her work, describing it as ‘an invaluable system of observation and interpretation’. Today she works full time as a printmaker; working in small scale, her style is delicate and her everyday subject matter meticulously rendered.
A particularly beautiful set is ‘Travelling Light’ and ‘Glasgow Flight’, two blue tinted etchings of birds in flight. Reminiscent of old photographs, they portray flocks of birds circling a brooding Glasgow sky.
‘Menagerie’ is a colourful digital work and its edition of 40 prints is being sold to raise funds for GPS’s new home. Trongate 103 will be a cluster of artists’ facilities, education opportunities, and exhibition spaces, which will be housed over six stories occupying almost an entire city block between Trongate, King Street and Parnie Street. The new complex opens to the public in September this year.
Glasgow Print Studio, until Sat 1 Aug