Work by a Fife artist who has used her own personal experience to highlight the prevalence of sexual assault goes on show this weekend at the Fife Space Gallery in Rothes Halls. 

In the exhibition Isn’t It Funny, artist Michelle Clark’s atmospheric, abstract paintings invite people to draw their own interpretations and experience their own emotional response despite the personal and intimate subject matter. 

“I want to engage the viewer through the use of colour and texture, creating abstract and atmospheric snapshots of moments where I was personally subjected to various forms of abuse, both verbal and physical,” explained Michelle.  

“I want to use this collection of work to highlight the prevalence of sexual assault, and the title reflects this – ‘Isn’t It Funny’ that one person can draw on so many examples?” 

This project consists of mixed media and oil paintings, each one a reflection on a past experience of sexual assault, abuse or harassment.

“Although the subject of the work is distressing, I want to create images that go beyond this, that can engage a wide range of viewers and connect on many levels,” Michelle added. “I have found the process of creating these works to be a journey of acceptance and hope, turning negative experiences into paintings of interest and beauty.” 

Michelle studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2006, before working as a support worker and community youth worker. After a lengthy time away from painting, she is now concentrating on working as a full-time artist. 

Michelle will be hosting an official opening of her show on Saturday (19 Feb)  at 2-4pm – press representatives are welcome to attend.

Isn’t It Funny is at the Fife Space Gallery, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, from 19 February to 29 April. More details on www.onfife.com. 

Images: 

Sheila 

Alone In A Room 

Three’s A Crowd