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Marion Yorston: The North Wall, Oxford
The talented artist, Marion Yorston’s latest exhibition Translucent delves into evolution. Marion came here from the Orkneys, renowned for its archaeology, history, art and wild landscapes. Her formative years were spent in Scotland and Canada. “My earliest memories are filled with coastal walks, finding treasures in rock-pools and being fascinated by the beauty of the natural world,” she says.
Maybe there were sharks in those waters, but now, living in land-locked Oxford, she has created a smaller rival to Bill Heine’s roof sculpture in Warneford Road, in Headington. To advertise her show she has installed the nosecone of a Tornado F3 Jet fighter which formed part of a previous exhibition, Dark Matter. Marion finds a lot of her inspiration in science and in nature.
Her love of the dramatic is evident in her contribution to the film Passage, a docudrama about the Arctic explorer John Rae produced by the Canadian Film Board. Marion’s work is not a literal interpretation of nature but expressions of her personal engagements with it. She experiences the overlapping of the senses where sound has different colours, specific, shapes, textures and movements. She documents a process or cycle within a temporal space. At The North Wall, she begins with genesis and water followed by Arctic light, chlorophyll and tropism — building blocks of evolution. She moves on to human and amphibian DNA. I have never seen any work by Marion that is not beautiful, whatever the material or medium employed. She has skill manipulating light so Translucent is apt.
Marion says: “Art is about life and people. I love to put it where people can encounter it.” She is working with Waterstones and other places to create other surprises. In the meantime, do go to the gallery and theatre at The North Wall to encounter this show.
Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm until the end of July (www.marionyorston.com)