HOLY ROOD: NORMAN McBEATH AND ROBERT CRAWFORD

May 31 - June 22, 2019
Overview

The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh presents Holy Rood - a series of 7 photographs by Edinburgh based photographer and printmaker Norman McBeath that run along side a long form poem by Robert Crawford. Holy Rood is a translation of the untitled Old English poem ‘The Dream of the Rood’. The collaboration between Crawford and McBeath sees the photographs resonate with the ancient poem and its associations with the Ruthwell Cross (Dumfriesshire) and with the ruins of Holyrood Abbey (Edinburgh). The oldest, fragmentary text of this poem survives carved in several runic inscriptions on a sculpted 8th century cross at Ruthwell in the south-west of Scotland.

The publication, Holy Rood, is a limited edition of 25 copies published by Easel Press. Also available for sale individually are McBeath’s 7 photographs in a limited edition of 3 artist’s proofs. Editions of Holy Rood have already been acquired by the British Library, National Library for Scotland, Yale Centre for British Art, Edinburgh and St. Andrew’s universities.

Also on display will be a selection of Norman McBeath’s new project, Noiseless Noise: ten photographs that illustrate nature up close making virtue of the simplest and most commonplace flora in exquisite detail.

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