Distant Horizons

Micaela Fitzsimmons

March 3 – June 25, 2023
Ferrie Gallery

Artist Reception Sunday April 30th from 2-4pm.

The work in this exhibition is a response to the textures and patterns in cloth that combine with layering and stitching to create abstracted landscapes and distant space. Horizons, by their nature, are viewed from a distance, yet they draw us towards them, connecting us to a place – real or imagined; or to a time – long past or in the future; or to a goal, an aspiration that has been hard won, or perhaps not yet achieved.

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The Loch Doon area was memorialized in celebrated Scottish poet, Robert Burns piece “Ye banks and braes O’ bonnie Doon”

Ye banks and braes o’ bonny Doon,
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae weary fu’ o’ care?
Thou’lt break my heart, thou warbling bird,
That wantons thro’ the flowering thorn:
Thou minds me o’ departed joys,
Departed, never to return.

Aft hae I rov’d by bonnie Doon,
To see the rose and woodbine twine;
And ilka bird sang o’ its love,
And fondly sae did I o’ mine.
Wi’ lightsome heart I pu’d a rose,
Fu’ sweet upon its thorny tree;
And my fause lover stole my rose,
But, ah! he left the thorn wi’ me.

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