Paintings from observation and imagination

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THE next exhibition at the Meffan in Forfar is by Artist Anna Geerdes.

Anna was born in the Netherlands in 1960 and moved to Orkney in 1991 where she lived for 15 years. She studied painting at Grays School of Art, graduating with a first in 2010. She now lives and works in Aberdeen.

The exhibition at The Meffan, entitled No Place, features paintings that originate from both observation of the landscape and from imagination.

The Scottish coast and tidal mud flats of the Low Lands find their imaginary form in map fragments and in close scrutiny of the surface; the places where cracks can appear suddenly and where we might, or might not,

glimpse what lies beneath. This is ‘ou topos’ or ‘utopia’; the not named, not known, uncontrollable place; literally the ‘no-place’.

These are the areas where things might happen, insights are gained and change is possible. The surface of the canvas is, of course, a mere illusionary expression of such ideas.

Anna’s work is inspired by a range of diverse sources. From the long shot films by Tarkovsky and Tarr and the bizarre surrealism of the Quay Brothers, to the work of Marine Hugonnier and early renaissance painting from the Low Countries.

Anna has exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions throughout the country and has won several awards, including the RSA Landscape Award in 2011.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, June 30 and continues until Saturday, July 28; open Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.