Shona Grant

Website: http://www.Shonagrantphotos.com

Email: Shonagrant99@gmail.com

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Atlantic Ocean: South Uist. Photographic print exhibited in RSA 2016. 420mm x 594mm.

Stones Sea Sky. Outer Hebrides. Photographic print exhibited in RSA 2017. 530mm x 530mm

Green Wave. Artists' book using photographic print. 185mm x 122mm extending to 450mm wide. Edition of 10.

Woodland. Artists' tunnel book using photographic prints. 280mm x 230mm concertina extending to 200mm.

Common Ground. Commissioned double concertina artists' book. Mixed media. 250mm x 200mm. Concertina extending to 2 metres

Skye Line. Charcoal on paper. 570mm x 200mm


Statement

I am an artist working with photography and drawing/painting, and I also make artists’ books from my work. Much of my artistic output is influenced by my childhood growing up on the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. I am particularly drawn to coastal areas, and my preferred seasons to visit are the autumn and winter months when the weather can quickly change and the skies and light can be incredibly dramatic. In the Outer Hebrides the huge skies dominate the landscape and they are very much part of the photographs and drawings that I make. No trees grow on South Uist and when I visited the mainland as a child I was fascinated by the sound they made on a blustery day and I loved going for walks in dense woodland that enveloped you in its woodiness. It was the complete opposite to the wide open spaces of South Uist that I was used to. I am still fascinated by trees and I often draw woodland in my preferred medium of charcoal.
I have always enjoyed the book form. For me, the weight and feel of a book in the hand matters almost as much as its content, so it was a natural progression to use my photographs and drawings in handmade books in such a way that the book becomes an art object in its own right.

Biography

I grew up in the Outer Hebrides and was educated in Edinburgh where I studied Audio Visual Technology at Napier after which I moved to London. I worked as a freelance children’s book illustrator for 20 years producing artwork for various London publishing houses. I have recently returned to my two loves of drawing and photography and have had my work exhibited at the RSA in 2016 and 2017. I live and work in rural Aberdeenshire.