Anna Younie , who is studying Three Dimensional Design at Robert Gordon’s University (RGU), will showcase her work as part of the Degree Show 2018, which takes place at the art school, Aberdeen, from June 16th -24th.
“Although the college on Orkney offers a range of courses, they are very fine art based and from studying art and product design in high school I always knew I preferred the area of design.
“Initially coming for an interview to the Communication Design course, the fact that there are a range of specialisms offered on the 3D course really appealed to me – particularly since I was not 100% sure what it was I wanted to focus on when I first came to Gray’s.
“Being shown around the studio spaces and workshops when I came for an interview also encouraged me to choose the 3D course as I felt it would give me a chance to gain a wider understanding on the various materials and processes taught and would eventually lead me to discover what area it was I wanted to focus on – which it has.”
Refining her craft during her first three years at Gray’s, for her final year Anna chose to base her project on the picturesque land and seascapes of home.
“Orkney has always been commended for its wealth of scenery and being away from home over the years really made me appreciate just how inspiring it was. Looking at both the Neolithic stone circles at Brodgar and Stenness, combined with researching the wide ranges of textures found along the coast, I am producing large scale ceramic vessels that reflect both of these areas.
“The simplistic, large forms inspired by the standing stones and the detailed surface texture applied to them reflects the way the sea has eroded the land over the years.”
Anna plans to return to Orkney after graduation to continue her work in the islands.
The Gray’s Degree Show is an annual highlight in the arts calendar, showcasing the work of RGU’s graduating students.
For more information on this year’s show please visit –www.rgu.ac.uk/degreeshow.