Latest news from Kirstie Behrens

4/10/21

This month Kirstie has been working on an etching – she has kindly shown us the techniques behind creating the work.

Kirstie has also been etching some amazing images on glasses that are to be sold to raise money for the Manx Beauty Project. – Watch out for these at our Coffee Morning on Saturday 30th October in the Coastline Church, Session Street, Pittenweem. 10.30 – 1pm

6 Sept 2021

This last month I have been visiting Manx Beauty to do working drawings and photographs for a large etching I am starting. I have also collected bits and pieces of old wood and rusty metal which might be useful. 
One piece I have found particularly beautiful is a strip of verdigris copper which might have come from inside the cabin and could be the inspiration for all sorts of work, including possibly turning a part of it into an etching plate.
This month I’ve also been preparing work for a group exhibition at Weem Gallery.
We have just returned from a week up North. The cabin in Assynt was right on the beach and I spent time doing quick painting studies of the landscape/seascape changing weather and light.
These were quite similar to some that I’ve done at Cellardyke around the harbour, showing views that the Manx Beauty would have known well.
I was struck by the fact that whilst Assynt is far from Celladyke, its the same water that links them and the Isle of Man and I like the idea that water connects people and places rather than separates them.

2/August/ 2021

Introduction

Hello, I am Kirstie Behrens and I am delighted to have been asked to be Artist in Residence for the Manx Beauty project.I graduated from Duncan of Jordenstone College of Art and Design in 2019 in Fine Art and recieved the Angus Alive Graduate Exhibition Award see iink.
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Below are some examples of my recent work. The suite of 7 St.Michael’s trees etchings was featured in Grand Designs Magazine and was also recently in Scotland’s Home of The Year in the house that was the runner up.

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My work often revolves around time-based projects where natural elements are used actively as tools in this process creating marks which are traces and evidence of the passage of time. 

In the sea project, the etchings of the rusty float on the shore have themselves been parcelled up with bits of rust tied with string and then exposed over the seasons to the ebb and flow of the tide. They carry traces of their time under the waves. I created the soundtrack for a film which layers images and sound together reflecting the rhythm of the waves. The film was projected onto one of the surviving sea washed etchings.

St.Michael’s Wood lies between Dundee and St.Andrews. Many of the trees have been cut down. I exposed an etching of a tree stump to the elements, placing it beneath one of the remaining trees. Over the year the etching, printed on paper that was once a tree has been reclaimed by nature and absorbed into the ground completing the cycle.

My coloured etchings represent the change of light over the course of a day. St.Michael’s Wood as it once was doesn’t really exist anymore, but as I laid out all my etchings together in a row, I was struck by how they seemed to create an echo of the lost wood.
I am looking forward to working with similar concepts within the context of the Manx Beauty.