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'Beyond Words' exhibition at Ullapool art gallery An Talla Solais explores intriguing relationship through eyes of Karen Beattie, Marcas Mac an Tuarneir and Rachel McClure

By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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Karen Beattie's "Readers, Digest" artwork featured in the exhibition
Karen Beattie's "Readers, Digest" artwork featured in the exhibition

Ullapool-based visual arts centre, An Talla Solais, has launched a new exhibition Tharis Faclan/Beyond Words, which explores the relationship between art and words.

The exhibition will feature three artists, Karen Beattie, Marcas Mac an Tuarneir, and Rachel McClure.

The inspiration behind An Talla Solais’ new exhibition was the concept 'translating poetry to a visual form'.

Each artist works with text in their artwork in different ways.

An Talla Solais said: "We hope to create a conversation between artworks that wouldn’t usually appear side by side, and through this exhibition, words will take on a new dimension. An Talla Solais seek to show the depth of beauty and meaning within words, but also the possibility within visual arts, by breaking the boundaries of traditional art exhibitions. Beyond Words / Thairis Faclan will include film, audio, photography and paintings."

The exhibition will feature work from local artist Karen Beattie, who explores "what it feels like to live now, amidst the excess of 21st century consumption and commodification, information and misinformation".

Moray-based artist Rachel McClure has a series of plaster and iron cast works, for which she recently won a prestigious award at the RSA New Contemporaries exhibition.

The concept behind much of McClure’s work stems from the lockdown of 2020. Inspired by her daily walks and cold water swims during lockdown, her work seeks to capture the journey.

Award-winning artist Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, creates a series of visual poems in Gaelic explore the relationship between poetry and film. By combining text with visual art, Mac an Tuairneir believes that ‘you don’t need to understand the words to understand the meaning, like a child following a picture book that they cannot read.' The exhibition will feature bilingual film-poems.

Curator of the exhibition, Victoria Caine, says that ‘by delving deeper into the art of text, we hope to uncover the multifaceted beauty of letters, and to truly go beyond words.’’

The exhibition will be on display in the windows of West Argyle Street in Ullapool, until July 22 and online at antallasolais.org.

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