Repeat Pattern

Turner Prize winning contemporary artist Christine Borland, was commissioned to create an exhibition inspired by the industrial and social heritage of East Ayrshire's textile industry. The resulting exhibition, Repeat Pattern, exhibited at The Dick Institute in 2004.

Borland was born and raised in Darvel, East Ayrshire and together with ongoing concerns relating to life, death, renewal, and the cyclical phases of existence, has used the history of the area's industrial heritage as an impetus for much of her work. 

Borland's oeuvre has grown to incorporate a concern with repeat patterns, interpretations from nature, translations from an 'original', and the incorporation of mistakes and flaws in copying; all of which have strong links with lace production. 

A series of small sculptures laid on broad bench tables alluded to and expanded on Borland's investigative study of the cycle of life in its enduring entirety. These were emblematic fragments of existence turned into specimens, laid out as evidence of bygone, existing and future times. Among them, porcelain bobbins cast from human finger bones, cast female wrists, aortic 'pinhole' drawings and fragments of agate from the Burn Anne. 

In the midst of the gallery, water-filled globes hung from the roof, evocative of early lamps used by the lace makers. The light of a single candle in their midst would have passed through the globes, bathing seated concentric circles of lace makers in its glow. The most talented would sit nearest the light, while the less gifted were seated to the rear. 

Here, Borland created a potent emblem of a bygone practice, using absence and void to generate an enigmatic corporeal presence within the space. 

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