The Ocean artists book by Elaine Robson

Upright Gallery : Making Waves


Artist Book Makers Annual Exhibition
2-23 December

Our collaborative swiss flexagon CAST/LURE will be on show plus two projects by Elaine Robson – The Ocean and Evolving Tides. We hope you manage to visit the gallery!

Making Waves

“When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Transparent, tasteless, odourless and colourless. Necessary for drinking, washing, transportation, farming, rituals, recreation – the list is endless. Almost literally everywhere, covering about 71% of the planets surface. We can’t live without it and yet we are prone to take it for granted.

The water we use today has been circulating through the planet since the beginning of time and must sustain us for as long as we live.

Artists have been representing water for centuries. Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, Hockney’s A Bigger Splash or The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai are but a few famous examples. Water has been depicted to represent change – forever flowing and changing course. It has symbolised purity and cleansing. It is used to frame a sea or landscape or be the focal point of a painting such as Frida Karlo’s What the Water Gave Me.

The exhibition will be co-curated with Edinburgh based artist bookmaker and tutor Susie Wilson.”

Upright Gallery | 3 Barclay Terrace, Edinburgh EH10 4HP

The Ocean - book by Elaine Robson