The girl who had a tail at the Meffan

Jennifer Robson with one of her displays at The Meffan in Forfar.
Jennifer Robson with one of her displays at The Meffan in Forfar.

The latest exhibition at The Meffan in Forfar, which opened on Saturday, is by Dundee-based artist Jennifer Robson.

The Girl Who Had a Tail showcases a new body of work by Jennifer, which includes painting, drawing, sculpture, poetry and short stories.

By weaving traditional fairytales with contemporary narratives, Jennifer blurs the boundaries between autobiographical content and fictional stories and explores the ideas of female representation in myth and fairytale.

The exhibition features drawings and small objects made by Jennifer exhibited alongside selected museum objects,

including a horse skull loaned from the D’Arcy Thompson Museum (University of Dundee).

Another element of the exhibition is a life-size sculpture of a horse constructed from aluminium wire, suspended in the centre of the gallery and appearing to have leapt straight from one of Jennifer’s drawings.

Other sculptures are made from masses of synthetic human hair.

In an essay to accompany the exhibition, Jennifer’s work is described as, “open, honest and laid bare; she bravely lets the viewer into her own constructed world where the boundaries between fiction and real life are blurred.”

Jennifer is a full time artist, working from her home and from her studio at WASPS, Dundee. She creates work in a variety of media including oils, drawings, sculpture, construction, mixed media and collage. She also writes poetry and short stories which inform her work.

Jennifer graduated with a BA (Hons) in Drawing and Painting from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 2004. She has exhibited her work in galleries throughout Scotland and the UK.

Her drawing ‘The Blue Hare’ was a prize winner at The Meffan’s Winter Exhibition in 2011, and is now part of Angus Council’s Museum Collection.

The Girl Who Had a Tail opened on Saturday and runs until Saturday, August 3, admission free. Our photographer popped along to The Meffan on Thursday to meet the artist. Look out for our slideshow of some of her works on our websites.

Following on from Jennifer’s exhibition will be Sculpture 2013, featuring the work of Tin Sandys which runs from Saturday, August 10 to Saturday, September 7.

Tin Sandys’ latest wall-based sculpture continues directly from his award-winning debut at the Duncan of Jordanstone Collete of Art & Design and the Royal Scottish Academy’s New Contemporaries exhibition. These new works expand on notions of overwhelming presence using elemental materials and universal themes of structure, processes, corrosion and destruction.

Reminiscent of scientific imagery or industrial by-products, these new works echo mathematical and physical processes in which materials such as water, steel, petroleum products and wood are essential in dictating the finish of the work.

Imposing and sometimes bleak, Tim’s sculpture promotes rigour over sentimentality.

The exhibitions continue at the Meffan from September 14 to October 12 with the Hospitalfield Alumni - Connections.

This is an exhibition of work by contemporary artists from throughout Scotland celebrating their connection with hospitalfield in Arbroath on the bi-centenary of the birth of its founder - Patrick Allan Fraser.

The Meffan is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.