"Do you remember when they fitted in these? They grow so fast and then you realise they have outgrown their clothes…and their shoes."
I’m sure you have heard this many times before. Mummies everywhere talking about their kids. And maybe that is why artists from close and afar insist on immortalising that first pair of shoes. As a tender attempt at defeating the implacable pass of time.
Well, they are right. Delicartessen is 5 years old this month and I simply don’t know where the time has gone.
I am sure that the same feeling applies to Mr Javier Jimenez-Ugarte, Spanish Consul in Edinburgh, who has also out grown his shoes and is leaving this city to take on the Embassy of Spain in Sweeden. We say farewell to him with gratitude and wish him the best for the rest of his journey.
In the last 5 years we have written about the weather, volcanoes, and coincidences; against all odds events, the weather again and, above all, JOURNEYS.
Some take a lifetime and some happen in an instant. Some happen in remote places, like Marton’s photographs around Thailand and Malaysia , while some happen locally, like Christine’s driftwood pieces reflecting the adventures of the waves in Fife, or Dagmar’s depictions of the depths of night life in Edinburgh .
Often the most powerful journeys are those that happen close to home and inside, the trips of the soul. Like Neil Macmillan’s journey around the North West of Scotland.
Or the journey of Aremy Stewart, both outside: leaving the States to come to Edinburgh , and inside: starting up a new family.
This exhibition is inspired by the idea of family, of growing, of the different stages in life. Delicartessen’s birthday gift is having a growing family of international artists and presenting their beautiful explorations of the human bond.
As for birthday wishes…let’s hope that the coldest May of the century will give way to the hottest June ever yet… Even if it’s against all odds.
Join us to celebrate our 5th anniversary and launch of our new exhibition on Friday 25th of May from 6.30 to 8.30 pm at the Whitespace.
There will be shoes, wine, tapas and good wishes all round.