“Yvonne Weighand Lyle is an artist based in Edinburgh, who has centred much of her work around her family roots in the coal-mining communities of Midlothian (https://yvonneweighandlyle.format.com/). Yvonne’s work includes large-format oil painting, sculpture, printing, and installation, using an ever-expanding range of techniques and styles. A few days before lockdown, María Vélez-Serna interviewed Yvonne at her studio to hear about the work she was developing for the Descendants: Interconnections exhibition at Stirling University. In this interview Yvonne talks about how she explores historical sources and maps, as well as personal and family memories, to create her artworks.”
‘Descendants: Interconnections’ formed part of the University of Stirling Art Collection’s (https://www.stir.ac.uk/about/art-collection/) exhibition year, ‘Under Threat: Artists Respond to the Environment’. The original launch event planned for April 2020, ‘Colliery Creatives: An Exploration of Landscape, Place and Identity’, included film, poetry and song exploring Scotland’s Coal Mining history, heritage and communities, and featured Yvonne’s exhibition was postponed due to COVID-19 and ‘lock down’.
The plan is to reschedule as soon as restrictions allow.