Vivian Ross-Smith draws from the islands she spends time on, using adapted island imagery to communicate craft, skill, isolation, commitment to place and community.
Growing up on Britain’s most remote inhabited island, Fair Isle, Ross-Smith has spent the majority of her life as a part of extreme landscapes and fragile communities. Combining elements of painting, textiles and sculpture, she embeds the traditions of island life into her work.
Methods of crafts(wo)manship such as knitting, preserving skins, net making and metal work are utilised to question what it means to be an islander. Taking into account the passing of stories and knowledge through generations, Ross-Smith’s work is an entry point into discussing the depth of understanding communities have toward their place.