A new exhibition of work by Scottish artists Emma Scott-Smith and Kate Downie

Opening on September the 20th 2015 (extended 01.06.16) at The Crush Hall, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling, Scotland. Each artist has been funded to exhibit, explore China on many occasions. Emma Scott-Smith was funded by The Chen Tang Zhaung Art and Technology Gallery in China to show in a group exhibition in early 2012 and a solo show in 2012-13. This led to exploring and reflecting on experiences as an artist and academic. The new exhibition follows Emma Scott-Smith artistic journey of a selection of work from her solo show 'The possibility of something other' and new work based on her reflections of visiting, exhibiting and exploring China.

The Possibility of Something Other

Artist's Privileged Experience of her first international solo exhibition in China

Artist and researcher Emma Scott-Smith has just completed a solo exhibition in China, titled ‘The possibility of something other’. Emma was invited to China in June 2012 to show a small collection and The Chen Tang Zhaung Art and Technology Gallery offered Emma a solo show. The exhibition (75 paintings) opened on the 15th of December by the new Minister of arts and culture to abundant media coverage. Emma was interviewed for Chinese news, radio and multiple newspaper articles in both China and Scotland. The exhibition was held in three series; female Leg’s, Form and Silk Crisp bows. The paintings encapsulate how our human physical, psychological and social selves can go through cycles of experience, albeit passion, love, loss, hope, power, and fragility of our lives cycle with always the possibility of something other.




The Bow series comprises of small canvasses all depicting soft, luscious, crisp and degrading silk bows in various colours, textures and states. The fresh crisp strong powerful newly tied bow, held strong in place on a tree, a lily or by its self. Then over time the bow can degrade leaving the once vibrant silk strong knot changing into a fragile, delicate form that hopes to be strong again before disintegrating back into the earth, like flesh and bone crumbling into dust to be reborn fresh and strong once more.

The Form series of large-scale canvasses depicting the female form in haunting yet beautiful surreal landscapes, representing life returning to the earth, the ground and nature where we all began. The human form is consumed by power, fragility, pain, hope, passion and the beauty found within it. Alluding to an impassioned stylised beauty, incomplete yet yearning, hungry for something more a hope of a pain free existence.

'On display in The University of Stirling's, Pathfoot building   

permanent collection, The Leg Series 24x24 inches, acrylic,

pencil and matt varnish on canvas (Gallery space J)'. 

The Leg series concerns the power and fragility of the human form, legs being grounded to the earth by gravity, flowers that grapple, entwine, wrap, grow and flourish around them. The poppy’s, lily’s, tulips and foliage grapple, entwine, support, ground humanity, trapping, wrapped, isolating and rooted to the ground. The raw passion of hope, love, and loss.


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