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Don't be stubborn, visit new exhibition; exhibition.

Stubborn Grace, an exhibition of new collages by Dumfriesshire-based visual artists Denise Zygadlo and Amy Marletta, launched recently at Thomas Tosh in Thornhill.

Denise and Amy have been championing collage in Dumfriesshire in the past year since they realised they had a joint love of the medium.

And collage is getting more attention nationally and internationally with a major collage retrospective at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art this summer.

The title of this latest exhibition for the pair, Stubborn Grace, is a quote from a French female surreal collage artist Claude Cahun and will run until May 14.

Denise and Amy bring colour and intimacy to their pieces and take cleverly crafted advantage of both the opportunities for seriousness and humour that collage allows.

Denise Zygadlo moved from London to Dumfries in 1980.

Trained in printed textile design, she began to focus on her own artwork in the late 90s showing regularly, as a professional member, with The Scottish Society of Artists in the RSA and locally in Spring Fling.

Her work explores the human form and cloth, making live photocopied images to form large collages on silk or canvas. More recently, she has combined her body images with classical sculpture Having worked almost exclusively in black and white, Denise has enjoyed experimenting with colour in these latest series of smaller collages, which in turn has influenced her larger work.

Denise has exhibited in Glasgow, London and Berlin and is represented by Arusha Gallery, Dundas Street, Edinburgh.

Amy Marletta is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

She completed her degree (Fine Art) in 2002 before going on to complete her Masters of Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art in 2010.

Originally spanning video and performance, Amy's practice has always had collage at its core but it's only been in the last six years that this has become its main focus and manifested itself in paper.

Amy has exhibited nationally and internationally with work shown previously at The Briggait, Glasgow; Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Dundee Contemporary Art, Dundee; Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and Akademie Galerie, Munich.

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Date:Mar 22, 2019
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