Lothian Lament

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Susie Paterson uses abstract to build up a human face composed of signs and shapes. This work is one of a series of such faces, expressive of different moods and moments, using the visual vocabulary of 'doodles'.

Speaking about ‘Lothian Lament’ Paterson has said – 'I worked in a much more intuitive, even organic way, starting with quite a bold set of shapes in the beginning, then blurring and obscuring them slightly with the consequent layers, textures and photographic motifs'.

Paterson was born in 1957 and trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. She has been Screenprinting Technician at Dundee Printmakers Workshop and at Duncan of Jordanstone College.

NHS Lothian Charity – Tonic Collection



Lothian Lament






H 66 x W 47 cm

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acquired, 2016

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