Let Loose

Saoirse Amira Anis


About the edition

This limited edition print was produced with DCA Print Studio in conjunction with Saoirse Amira Anis’s solo exhibition symphony for a fraying body.

The design of the costume for the artist’s film installation, symphony for a fraying body, started with unravelling threads of fraying tartan fabric, discarded scaffolding nets and a drawing in the artist’s studio. The drawing features a creature assembled from the forms of folkloric creatures of the sea, land and sky, and annotated with the words ‘SWIM – FLY – SLITHER,’ referring to how these creatures travel across each surface. Anis has returned to these sources, and their colour palettes, in her creation of an edition with DCA Print Studio.

Anis takes influence from histories, mythologies, ecologies and the cultures of her paternal and maternal home-countries, Morocco and Scotland. Through fluid trace gestures, bubbling liquids, scatterings of cut netting and the ghost image of deeply embossed rope, seemingly hybrid creatures begin to emerge. Fraying, twisting, combining and unfurling, these watery forms seem to ‘swim, fly, slither’ as if resisting cohesion and uniformity.

Year 2023
Edition of 10
Media Screenprint and emboss on Fabriano Rosaspina Bianco 285gsm paper
Dimensions 84 x 64cm
Signature Signed, numbered and dated by artist on lower verso

About Saoirse Amira Anis

Saoirse Amira Anis grew up in the countryside near Lanark and is now based in Dundee. Her work has been exhibited recently in the form of a solo show at Campleline, Dumfries, and as part of the Platform commissions for the 2022 Edinburgh Art Festival. Other recent projects include: Jupiter Rising, Jupiter Artland, 2021; A Lesson in Vanity, David Dale Gallery and Lux Scotland, July 2021; and We Can Still Dance, Jupiter Artland, as part of the Black Lives Matter Mural Trail.

She recently curated Miss(ing) Information at Perth Museum and Art Gallery, an exhibition that features the work of Tayo Adekunle, Nkem Okwechime, Tako Taal and Natasha Ruwona. Since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Anis has completed residencies at Cove Park, Argyll and Bute, Hospitalfield in Arbroath, and Collemacchia, with the Museum of Loss and Renewal. She was also a committee member at GENERATORprojects from 2018-2021. 

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