Vivian Ross-Smith



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'You Should Be In MOMA, But You'll End Up In The Dovecot', 2020. Acrylic and Shetland Wool on Canvas. 260 x 190cm

'Just Puts People Off' 2020. Canvas, acrylic, thread, ink and tracing paper. 21 x 30 cm

'Craft Conversations' 2020. Hessian, acrylic, thread, ink and tracing paper. 30x40cm

'Network' 2019. Preserved and handstitched Haddock skins and aluminium. 200x180 cm

‘Us’ 2018. Wooden Installation. 271×270 cm

'Sorting + Grading' 2019. Shetland wool and burlap. 140x80 cm


Exploring materiality through painting and textiles, Vivian Ross-Smith adopts a systematic approach to making, using repetitive gestures with a focus on surface. Her work explores the textures, qualities and values of material and creates a space to discuss the practices of island life from a contemporary, fine art context. Highlighting threads of knowledge regarding community, Ross-Smith’s work is about building relationships and conversations between material, place and people.


Vivian Ross-Smith (b. Edinburgh, Scotland) is a visual artist living and working in Shetland. Ross-Smith holds a BA (Hons) in Painting from Gray’s School of Art (2013) and is currently studying a Masters in Fine Art Practice at Glasgow School of Art (2020).


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