Bith ann am Breathan: Life in Layers by Molly Fitch

First to show in our re-opened Café Bar gallery is artist Molly Fitch’s exhibition – Bith ann am Breathan: Life in Layers – presenting beautiful and intricate hand-cut pictures inspired by the Hebrides…

“Tha gach dealbh air a ghearradh a-mach le sgian-chiùird. ‘Se doigh saothail a th’ann ach ‘s toil leam soillearachd na pìosan ‘nuair a tha iad deiseal. ‘Sann a Newcastle a tha mi ach bha mi a fuireach air Eilean na Muc airson naoi bliadhna mas d’thainig mi do Scalpaigh na Hearadh ann an 2018.

“Mar a h-uile duine eile tha fhios agam gur e àite sònraichte a th’anns na h-eileanan an Iar. Tha mi air lòrg dachaigh, blàths is coibhneas ‘sa choimhearsnachd, innleachd agus so-chlaonadh. Tha mi a feuchainn ri glacadh cruth is dathan, an tìr is na h-ainmhidhean, na m’obair. Tha gach dealbh air a sheulachadh agus le àir air a chùl.”

“All my pictures are made of layers of paper which I cut by hand with a craft knife. It is a painstaking process, but I love the clarity of the finished pieces.

“Originally from Newcastle, I lived for nine years on the Isle of Muck in the Small Isles before moving to Scalpay, Harris in 2018. Like everyone who comes here, I know the Hebrides to be a very special place.

“I’ve found my home on these islands in the warmth and kindness of community, the ingenuity and the resilience.  I try to capture the shapes and colours of the landscapes and animals in my work. All my pieces are limited edition, signed and numbered on the back.”

Click here to see the Virtual Exhibition of Molly Fitch’s show. Remember to enter full screen for best effect. VIRTUAL EXHIBITION

Mackerel & Seagulls by Molly Fitch