ARTIST ROOMS Vija Celmins – North Uist
Taigh Chearsabhagh: Display
29 March – 28 June 2014

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Vija Celmins, 'Web #1' 1999

Vija Celmins
Web #1 1999
Charcoal on paper
support: 565 x 649 mm
ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008© Vija Celmins

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Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre is working in collaboration with ATLAS Arts to present the work of acclaimed American artist Vija Celmins. This very special exhibition offers visitors in Uist in the Western Isles the chance to see work from ARTIST ROOMS.

Born in Latvia in 1938, Vija Celmins is best known for her intricate, monochromatic drawings of a select range of subjects. In 1966 she began to use photographs as the subject for her works, creating what she described as ‘impossible images’, which remind us of the complexity of the simplest things. The images on loan explore her meticulous renderings of the surface of the ocean, the vastness of the night sky and her fascination with the microscopic detail of a spider’s web. With a slow, painstaking approach, some of these works take up to a year to complete.

As part of the exhibition there will be a range of events exploring the artist’s work, drawing particular emphasis on her use of printing techniques and references to astronomy and the night’s sky.