Metal guru goes on show

A new exhibition of art in metal by Malta-based artist Jackie Roberts comes to the Rhins of Galloway this spring and summer.

Opening at Logan Botanic Garden, near Port Logan, on Saturday, May 5, the Nature of Metal reflects elements of the character and diversity of Logan. At the same time, it evokes the influences and inspiration taken by the artist from the landscapes of the Mediterranean, Scotland, Africa and New Zealand.

Running in the Logan studio until Sunday, July 1, the exhibition is vivid a showcase for this award-winning artist.

The exhibition features work created on Jackie’s return from a recent trip to New Zealand where she was fascinated by the native tree ferns and palms, particularly “koru”: the unfurling frond of a fern leaf which, in Maori culture, represents new life and hope for the future.

Other pieces include two wall-mounted sculptures formed from an old copper water tank, originally manufactured in Scotland and transported to Gozo. One, Burr Shield, is inspired by burrs on a huge multi-stemmed Douglas fir growing at Dawyck, Logan’s sister botanic garden, near Peebles. Threads, created from weaving metal and plant material, is inspired by the natural threads in palm trees and mohair tweed by Borders textile designer Bernat Klein.

Explaining the aspirations behind the exhibition, which includes new pieces made especially for Logan, Jackie said: “I’m inspired by the landscapes of my mind and the natural world, particularly the sea; cultural symbolism and modernist design. I often use recycled metal, scrap, found objects and plant material in my work; reincarnating what other people have discarded.

Delighted by the response to her first showing at Dawyck earlier this year, the artist added that she was looking forward to staging a selection of works at Logan. “Some of my influences have been the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean island of Gozo and of New Zealand so it will be interesting to discover some of the same plants growing at Logan in Scotland,” she commented. “Professionally, this has been a wonderful opportunity to exhibit overseas and build my reputation internationally. I hope to be invited to exhibit in Scotland again in the future.”