Inspiration from the forest for exhibition

THE NEXT exhibition at The Meffan in Forfar is by Fife artist Claire McDonald.

Claire’s recent work has been based around a specific forest near her family home in Fife.

Through her work she aims to gain an exploratory, inside view of a place by looking intensely at an area and she seeks to reveal hidden aspects of the environment by focussing on the minutiae of nature in the area.

Claire utilises raw materials gathered from the land and her pieces of work often feature photography and relief printing. She uses sculpted wooden objects as printing materials, which allows her to explore the tree’s mark on the page. Grinding coal and limestone from the area to create pigments also gives her work a direct connection with the land.

Claire grew up in a small village in North East Fife before moving to Dundee to study Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

She graduated in 2011 with a first class honours degree and received the Bernard Cooper memorial prize for her degree show. She was also selected for the Royal Scottish Academy’s New Contemporaries exhibition which focuses on the finest emerging artists in Scotland.

Claire’s exhibition at The Meffan opens to the public on Saturday (October 13) and runs until Saturday, November 10.

Admission is free.