Meffan exhibition grows on family trees

One of the exhibits in 'Lost and Found' at The Meffan.
One of the exhibits in 'Lost and Found' at The Meffan.

The family tree has been the productive starting point for many of Elaine Allison’s intimate and sensitive sculptural works.

Find out how the artist incorporates this into her work at her exhibition entitled ‘Lost and Found’ which is currently running at The Meffan in Forfar.

Using this rich source, plus old family photos and a range of found objects, Elaine explores identity and the genetic, social and environmental forces that help to shape us all.

The found objects Elaine uses are poignant, acting as memento mori for the people who have discarded or lost them.

Their incorporation into works of art gives apparently worthless objects an implied value. The intuitive way in which these objects are combined at once reveals something of the artist’s character and leaves the way open for viewers to create their own narratives.

The works have a deep personal significance but translate readily to the universal, evoking shared memories and associations.

They are intricate and deeply detailed, giving the viewer plenty to contemplate and enjoy.

The exhibition runs until Saturday, April 26, admission free. The Meffan is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

‘Lost and Found’ is followed by the welcome return to The Meffan of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour’s third annual summer exhibition.

It will run from May 10 to June 7. This is open to all artists and will be an exciting mix of members’ and non-members’ works.

This exhibition promises to be colourful, bright and refreshing - a unique opportunity to see so many works in the specialised medium of watercolour.