Mary Modeen: the Absolutely Other
- Rachael Cloughton
- 20 January 2014
Series of printed landscapes veering into abstraction at times
The complex relationship between identity and place propels Mary Modeen’s practice. The artist says her work begins with a consideration of place as ‘a point of contemplation – a locus of intersection between philosophic metaphysical, historic and cultural interests'. Using images of the outside world, Modeen looks inwards, considering ways of knowing and the inner life of the mind that shapes perception.
Modeen is a senior academic at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and teaches both fine art and interdisciplinary studies, linking creative practice with academic studies in the humanities, particularly philosophy, literature, feminist and indigenous studies. Her work is defined by its critical rigour, which is subtly articulated.
The Absolutely Other at Edinburgh Printmakers promises a series of printed landscapes that blur over one another like hazy mental images of places visited long ago, now fading from memory. Veering into abstraction at times, the abandoned spaces of the work beckon us to fill in the gaps, prompting the viewer to complete the imagery that Modeen’s enigmatic printing processes erase. A series of new prints commissioned by Edinburgh Printmakers will also be exhibited; expect subjects as challenging and immersive as their compounded layers.
Edinburgh Printmakers, until Sat 15 Mar