At the 2015 Society of Scottish Artists Annual Open Exhibition, Audrey Grant‘s painting Blue Green was selected from over 400 works on show for the coveted Open Eye Gallery Exhibition Award.
This week, Audrey’s exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery opens to the public. These new paintings arise from the artist’s collaboration with Scottish Ballet in rehearsal at their studios in Tramway, Glasgow.
“Since spring 2012 I have had privileged access to Scottish Ballet’s rehearsals, spending full days observing and drawing with pencil in sketchbooks the movement of the dancers. In the rehearsals I focused on trying to capture something of the energy and shape of the movement, looking at the dancers and not my drawings, building up networks of marks that would take the shape of recognisable bodies and movements.”
Taking inspiration from these drawings, Audrey has created a new series of paintings focusing on the powerful and moving ballet premiered in Scotland at the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival – MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps), choreography by Angelin Preljocaj, and Christopher Hampson’s lyrical Cinderella.
MC 14/22 is a ballet for 12 male dancers and has been described as a hymn to the male body. The title is a biblical reference to the Last Supper, as told in Mark 14:22, in which Jesus says to the disciples, ‘Take, eat: this is my body’.