Diana Hope: Collection | Recollection
This exhibition is an enquiry into what we collect and what we leave behind, objects inherited and objects saved, almost by chance, for museums.
Artists have always collected objects, which recur in their work like an extended vocabulary - Matisse, Elizabeth Blackadder and Willie Gillies all come to mind. They seem to use collected objects as a Proustian door into a particular narrative that holds profound personal meaning.
“Why do we collect these things? I think it is because of their complexity and their ambiguity. They are the stuff of our lives, our selves made manifest, and, simultaneously, a nagging reminder of our mortality.” Calum Storrie, author of The Delirious Museum.
Diana Hope was born in Aberdeenshire and studied Illustration and Design at Edinburgh College of Art. From 1988 to 2005 she taught art at Edinburgh Academy and she now teaches at Leith School of Art. She has exhibited regularly with the Open Eye Gallery since 1998 and is a regular exhibitor with Society of Scottish Artists, Visual Art Scotland, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Royal Scottish Academy. She has been President of Visual Arts Scotland and is a member of the Society of Scottish Artists. Hope's work is held in private and public collections across Europe.