(The word ‘posy’ is derived from the word ‘poetry’, which is itself derived from the latin word poesis.)
This exhibition includes a range of recent works from the artist’s ongoing project ‘Votive Offerings’ - a collection of paintings of flower posies, which the artist has made and left around Scotland, and further afield. Kirsty first began this project in 2014 after a field trip to the Outer Hebrides to see the wild flowers in the Machair.
The work itself explores the motif of the posy as a gift, prayer or message, as well as the poetics of the act of making and leaving the posies in different environments or locations, and the exquisite beauty and detail of the plants. To date Kirsty has painted approximately 150 ‘Votive Offerings’. In this solo exhibition at Resipole, the paintings are inspired by wild Scottish flowers, poisonous flowers, vegetable and herb flowers, and the poetry of Kathleen Raine.