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For 33 years, Joyce Cairns lived in the former fishing village of Footdee at the mouth of Aberdeen Harbour. Her work is mainly based on past memories intertwined with present experiences. The dark shadows of the Second World War had a long-lasting effect on Cairns whilst growing up. ‘Aberdeen Pilot Boat No. 2’ which was often berthed close to the artist’s home is here presented as a vehicle for lost souls, or it could also be the ship of fools with a clown mocking the hedonistic lifestyle of the lady of the night.
oil on board
H 183 x W 122 cm
purchased with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund, 2016