I am a Visual Artist working mainly within the fields of painting and paper cutting. My work concerns itself with pattern and detail, looking at the idea of ‘beauty’ and ‘ugly’ – using materials, patterns and motifs that may normally be considered purely decorative to depict more challenging subject matters.
For this body of work I have been looking at the concept of ‘dépaysement’, which is a word that is seemingly untranslatable from French, but is essentially the feeling that comes from not being in one’s home country – or from being in an unfamiliar place.
My paintings have become much more of a response to what is going on around me – and the idea of ‘dépaysement’ depicts the feeling of being in another place not just physically but emotionally and mentally as well.
Anna Shirron is North Aberdeenshire based artist who graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 2007.