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Sweet bird… 2002

Ellen Munro (born 1980, Bridge of Allan, Scotland, UK)

Sweet bird…
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Ellen Munro’s work is a labour of love. Her eclectic visual vocabulary often employs traditional craft processes as well as sculpture, painting and whatever else takes her fancy. She often uses objects from her own life, altering their resonance through her intervention. A graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone and Edinburgh Colleges of Art, Munro is based in Edinburgh. This dressing gown belonged to Munro’s late mother. She embroidered one of the birds from the original quilted design with a variety of lurex and luminous threads, thereby bringing to life a detail which was barely visible. The title of the work comes from a Victorian child’s sampler quoted in The Subversive Stitch by Rozika Parker (The Women’s Press, 1984): 'Sweet bird thy bower is evergreen / Thy sky is ever clear / Tho hath no sorrow in thy song / Nor winter in thy year.' Sweet bird was first exhibited at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. Munro decided to display the dressing gown draped over a chair designed by Robin Day, which she found at the College.

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Acquired from the artist, 2006
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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