An external project on offer is to work with the staff at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art Two - to come up with a response to the exhibition of work by Peploe.
The work is to be in the form of books as the display space is limited - cabinets in the Keiller Library. The work will be selected by staff of Modern Two and ECA. The successful artworks will be put on display come March when the Peploe material will be retired. There is a finite time such artefacts can be displayed.
My response is very much to do with the still life paintings. The use of flower and fan and backdrop will inform my work. The book is to take the shape of a fan, with fourteen folds all together. Seven of the folds will have something on them as each one will denote a decade in his life. He painted roses, tulips and latterly lilies. The lily signified vulnerability. Some of the flowers incorporated in the paintings have been identified by botanists and are around today. Peploe painted backdrops in triangular blocks of colour mostly. The colours are rainbow colours really which is worth remarking on as there are also seven of them. The flowers will be cut-outs - as lace in the fan. The colours will be in the form of circles - the last one a cut-out through which a paintbursh will be installed - help the fan stand up. The whole book will be biographical in nature and the lily will be the last flower to app
I have a quote from Peploe - from a letter he wrote to his wife. It seems to sum up his philosophy and this will be part of the fan somewhere.
I want to use Japanese paper and will look into using the laser cutter.
Carol E Duff