From a far island  © Brigid Collins www.brigidcollins.co.uk  mail@brigidcollins.

From a far island  © Brigid Collins www.brigidcollins.co.uk  mail@brigidcollins.co.uk   Photo © Angus Bremner
Mixed media book form, inspired by a prose poem © Kathleen Jamie, in Frissure, published by Polygon (Aug 2013)


Brigid Collins & Kathleen Jamie
26 October - 29 November 2013

Frissure is an exquisite exhibition of prose-poems by Kathleen Jamie and illustrative work by Brigid Collins exploring healing, mortality, intimacy, memory and the natural world. It is about the intimate process of looking and seeing as it passes from one person – a cancer patient – looking at herself, from being ‘examined’ by a surgeon, to being looked at by an artist. In each situation a transformation occurs. The gaze of the patient on her own body and its post-operative scarring is objectified by that of the surgeon assessing the success of his work. But then the creative eye of the artist takes over and what was regarded as a mark of disease and of violation takes on an extraordinary flowering, and becomes a thing of beauty.

This exhibition enables you to see up close the artwork in the book Frissure, published by Polygon. You can purchase this book in our online shop.

Kathleen Jamie’s poetry collections to date include The Overhaul, which won the 2012 Costa Poetry Prize and The Tree House, which won the Scottish Book of the Year Award. Her non-fiction includes the highly regarded Findings and Sightlines. She is Professor of Poetry at Stirling University and lives with her family in Fife.

Brigid Collins is an artist and illustrator. Her publications include Room to Rhyme (2004), A place where thought happens (2006), For A’ That: A Celebration of Burns (2010) and Frissure (2013). She is a lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art at the University of Dundee and Edinburgh College of Art at The University of Edinburgh and also lives in Edinburgh, where she has her studio.

The anonymous book sculptures


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