Erraid was born born in Perth in 1997 and is currently attending the University of Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, specialising in fine art. For the first eight years of her life she grew up on the Black Isle, near Inverness and then later moved overseas to Dhaka, Bangladesh. She now lives in Strathtay but considers Australia to be her second home as her father lives there.
From Scotland to Bangladesh, Scotland to Australia and back again – these places have introduced her to new fields of colour.
Erraid’s collection for this year’s exhibition depicts the places that have become meaningful to her over these years. Being mainly areas around Perthshire and the West Coast of Scotland, each piece has an inner story and meaning. She expresses this through her chosen titles, colours and textures. Her artwork represents her memories and imaginations of these places, evoking them rather than representing them. Abstraction is key in her work and so she encourages viewers to interpret their own perception and meaning.
Erraid Gaskell’s personal statement
Personally, we perceive things based on the value we give them. Our perceptions of things we encounter are altered by the meaning we give to them. The notion of seeing with ‘our mind’s eye’, refers to our dreams, memories and visions. My memories of Perthshire and the West Coast have become a patchwork of fragments made up of colour, form and texture. Seeing with my mind’s eye, the colours have become clearer and distinctive. My experiences of the places I pass become infinite imaginings.