CONTEMPORARY ARTS INSPIRED BY ROBERT BURNS

25 January - 10 March 2018 @ Summerhall, Edinburgh

Ursula Hunter

Ursula Hunter is a printmaker / illustrator based in Edinburgh. She trained at Glasgow School of Art in Environmental Art and also at Edinburgh College of Art in Illustration. Currently trading under the name Little Axe she works exclusively in the medium of Lino printing producing designs for commissions in both public and private spaces as well as for interior decor and accessories. Ursula has completed commissions on a wide range of projects for example lino printed panels for The Queen Elisabeth University Hospital Glasgow, wallpaper for the Seafood Bar at Luss and most recently a design for woven fabric for Oscha Baby Slings.

Artist’s statement

As a creative artist I am inspired by the natural world, in particular I have been exploring Scottish Wildlife. Through research I have identified species that are currently threatened by habitat loss through human impact. From drawings I compose designs for detailed lino blocks grouping plants and animals to create a sense of narrative.

For Burns Unbroke I am working on 8 lines from the Burns Song ‘Now Westlin Winds’  and have picked out the lines where Burns makes observations about birds in nature

It’s interesting to me that he reveals his distaste for game hunting in this song and then shows his appreciation of nature by celebrating an individual characteristic for each bird in turn.

I am very excited about continuing to develop this series and I will print them in editions of 10 of each on Fabriano Rosapina Avorio.

The printed images are approximately 70 x 50 cm .

Now Westlin Winds
Now westlin winds and slaughtering guns
Bring autumn’s pleasant weather
The moorcock springs on whirring wings
Among the blooming heather
Now waving grain, wild o’er the plain
Delights the weary farmer
And the moon shines bright as I rove at night
To muse upon my charmer
The partridge loves the fruitful fells
The plover loves the mountain
The woodcock haunts the lonely dells
The soaring hern the fountain
Through lofty groves the cushat roves
The path of man to shun it
The hazel bush o’erhangs the thrush
The spreading thorn the linnet
Thus every kind their pleasure find
The savage and the tender
Some social join and leagues combine
Some solitary wander
Avaunt! Away! the cruel sway,
Tyrannic man’s dominion
The sportsman’s joy, the murdering cry
The fluttering, gory pinion
But Peggy dear the evening’s clear
Thick flies the skimming swallow
The sky is blue, the fields in view
All fading green and yellow
Come let us stray our gladsome way
And view the charms of nature
The rustling corn, the fruited thorn
And every happy creature
We’ll gently walk and sweetly talk
Till the silent moon shines clearly
I’ll grasp thy waist and, fondly pressed,
Swear how I love thee dearly
Not vernal showers to budding flowers
Not autumn to the farmer
So dear can be as thou to me
My fair, my lovely charmer

Ursula Hunter

Burns Unbroke Visual Artists

Creative Scotland
Summerhall
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