a shade is a shade by writer Sara O’Brien is now available for you to pick up from the current Briggait exhibition Chronochromia by Lynsey MacKenzie, which is open until Friday 2 September.

Sara was commissioned by Wasps to write a piece of text on the occasion of Chronochromia‘s opening. The brief for the style of writing was kept open, and Sara created a beautiful work of art writing located in Lynsey’s paintings. Sara visited Lynsey in her studio to speak about the influence of time and colour on her practice, and meditated on the body of paintings that make up the show before writing a shade is a shade. The text finds inspiration in the planes of Lynsey’s work, and complements the exhibition’s expanses of colour and cadence.

Umbers, oranges, indigos, akin to the cloak they watch drift above them, cycling through chromatic flutterings, while they ponder the dual proximities of space. – Sara O’Brien

Read the text below, or pick up a copy from The Briggait galleries while Chronochromia is open. The printed version is on a peach-pink paper – a choice of the writer’s that was influenced by the historical significance of this particular colour; it is estimated to be the oldest (around one billion years old) pigment found by archaeologists digging beneath the Sahara Desert.

Sara O’Brien is a writer based between Dublin and Glasgow.

Lynsey MacKenzie lives and works in Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2019 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking. Recent exhibitions include ‘Platform: 2022’, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh (2022), ‘UNMUTE’, Society of Scottish Artists, Dunoon (2022), ‘Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition’, Online (2022); ‘REVERB’, Visual Arts Scotland, Online (2022). Recent awards include the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Award, the RSA Latimer Award, and the RSA x Wasps Award.

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