Art words by Frances Law

Frances Law is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, and has a studio in rural Angus.  Her work is held in various public and private collections and was shortlisted for the Aspect prize in 2010. www.franceslaw.co.uk

Frances Law is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, and has a studio in rural Angus. Her work is held in various public and private collections and was shortlisted for the Aspect prize in 2010.
www.franceslaw.co.uk

Tiny sea shells from the remote shores of Iona inspired this monumental work

The small Hebridean island of Iona has shaped my life as a person and as an artist. My focus is on the light, colour and architectural form of shells; I light them with a strong spotlight, increasing the depth of highlight and shadow to bring out the sculptural quality of the sea-washed forms. I then use a viewfinder to choose a small piece from this composition. This abstracts the information and offers an entirely different perspective. I draw what I see through the viewfinder on to a large canvas, magnifying the scale to one of monumental proportions. The act of creating, for me, is a process of looking both inside and out, working with the forms of nature and conveying the spiritual purity within these inner organic systems.
The lunule is the crescent-shaped area at the front of a bivalve shell. The word comes from luna, meaning ‘moon’. This oil painting, Lunule, reminds me of the moon, the light and colours creating a feeling of spaciousness in and around the shell structure.
It’s one of a series to be exhibited in the Charles Rennie Mackintosh church at Queen’s Cross in Glasgow in a show called The Architecture of Nature. When I first entered the building, I was bowled over by its beauty, space and light and the simplicity of its design. It reminded me of looking inside one of my shells. A description of Mackintosh’s work – “honest, simple and unaffected” – formed the basis of the work for the show.

Frances Law: The Architecture of Nature, Mackintosh Church, 870 Garscube Road, Glasgow,
Sept 6 – Oct 31, www.mackintoshchurch.com

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