Rosy Long is a visually impaired artist who lives in Aberdeenshire. She specializes in drawing and painting, her work is inspired by cats and by the picturesque rural surrounding in which she lives; it has developed over time into a love of 3D and bas-relief combined with an enjoyment in visual storytelling. Mixed media are used in all her work often in ceramic paper clay or papier mache.
Rosy represents Space Artworks gallery at the Out of Sight, Out of Mind exhibition- one of the venues of Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2015 (SMHAFF)- that takes place in Summerhall, Edinburgh. We asked Rosy to talk about her inspiration, the artistic process and meaning of the three works "Pink Elephants", "Alone" and "Queens" featured in Summerhall.
"Pink Elephants": The composition of this work just happened. I was working with papier mache over the bottles and thought it needed a bit of lift..fun and that's how the elephants came in. At first glance this seems a fun work, but when I think again, drik has played a sad role in my life during my childhood and yet I always enjoyed a few drinks, I realised it takes quite an effort to stop myself from doing that. See, I am blessed with a happy marriage and family and I enjoy so many other things in life!
This work is inspired by my previous Alice in Wonderland exhibition. I've always been attracted to the White Queens, Queen of Hearts and Red flying queen. I sat down and wrote a poem of that and realised that all these different queens, there are all different sides of me.
"This is where I ultimately find myself. It is not frightening but rather beautiful".
Her passion is color!
I love color, partly has to do with my eyes, I sleep at night with the thought of how colors working together and when I get up, it's all about colors working together. I grew up in the West Coast of Scotland with pure bright color and always stayed with me, this is how I express myself.
The cats came back with my children;, I grew up with cats, but didn't have one since I was a teenager; after I met my husband and we got a persian kitten and start loving them again.
In the question of what materials and techniques she uses to create this beautiful and skillful pieces she says: "All the larger papier mache shapes are build from old cardboard with corrugated cardboard gussets. The whole work is painted with wood glue to strengthen it and then primed before it is painted on the collage. The background is acrylic mirror painted with glass paints of Sharpies".
The Out of Sight, Out of Mind exhibition runs until 31 October 2015.