Sculptor Andrew Mackenzie exhibits works of art at Marchmont House
A NEW work of art specially commissioned by Andrew Mackenzie has been included in the growing outdoor sculpture collection of Maison Marchmont.
Visitors can see and learn about his work and more on a series of special guided tours around the grounds and private walled garden of the Grade A listed 1750 Palladian Mansion near Greenlaw which will be run by the Curator and archivist Francis Raemaekers.
And on August 28 and 29, to coincide with the upcoming Marchmont Open Studios weekend, Andrew will join two of the tours to offer an artist’s perspective and talk about his new work.
His work, alongside that of Frippy Jameson, Charlie Poulsen and Keith McCarter, was selected for inclusion in the Marchmont Collection to represent a new generation of ‘local hero’ sculptors working in Scotland today.
Andrew is well known for his paintings which depict landscapes interspersed with geometric shapes and the new work, titled Woodland Structure, has translated this approach into 3D.
It features slanted and straight steel shapes that reflect and refer to the shapes and sizes of the doors, stair railings, baseboards, and other features of the neighboring house. These are combined with orange painted bronze casts of real trees and fallen branches in the surrounding woods.
Andrew, who is based in the Borders but also teaches at the Leith School of Art, said: “This is such a personal project for me, I wanted to create a 3D version of my paintings for years, and now I have had the chance.
“Geometric shapes are about how we see space and the landscape, creating ways of seeing it from many different points of view. They provide a space to consider our relationship with the place itself.
“And the trees are like ghosts or facsimiles. People assume they are painted wood and are surprised when they touch them, it’s a bit of a game-changer when they realize they are bronze.
The Marchmont collection spans a period from the early 18th century to 2021 and includes abstract works, classical figures, growing works, and pieces inspired by the trees and landscape of the estate.
Tours are currently limited to a maximum of 15 people and last approximately 90 minutes. Visit marchmont.eventbrite.co.uk for more information.