Ken Currie Chunnacas na mairbh beò (The Dead Have Been Seen Alive)
The exhibition title is a line from Sorley MacLean’s great poem Hallaig: A profound and personal meditation on the Clearances on the Isle of Raasay.
In development for seven years, it was first shown at Glasgow Print Studio in 2022 and comprises a series of monoprint head studies, partly influenced by ancient Egyptian funerary portraits from AD 40-250. In the work, the viewer is invited to draw their own conclusions about who is depicted, bearing in mind the line from Sorley MacLean.
Haunted by the images and driven by the mono-printing techniques he began to master in 2015, Currie was keen to create a similarly distressed and abraded quality where the heads and figures appear ghostly and evanescent.
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