Frame of Mind

This exhibition of paintings by Annalisa Merrilees capture the viewer’s attention, and for a moment, give them a glimpse into her frame of mind while making the work.

Frame of Mind

About Frame of Mind

Annalisa Merrilees’s paintings derive from an interest in the mental limits of the mind and the subsequent physical effects on it when pushed to the max. Her work displays a visible struggle between control and chaos, which derive from her monomaniacal tendencies. Each piece has a set of routines that must be followed and completed in as close to one sitting as possible. The use of a random number generator to allocate colours to the base grid allows her painting to begin its life illogically. By removing herself from this responsibility, it initiates a dialogue and set of problems, which Merrilees then responds to. The random and deliberate actions come together to create a formal balance within her work.

Merrilees believes that painting is a deeply personal experience. The intimacy between herself and the canvas is, for her, a rare moment that she feels is very hard to understand. Her paintings strive to capture the viewer’s attention, and for a moment, give them a glimpse into her frame of mind while making the work. Her art is very much about touch. Her paintings are delicately painted over a long period of time, the work appears, at first, to be mechanically made but, on further investigation, reveals itself to be the product of her careful hand.

Merrilees graduated in Painting from Gray’s School of Art in 2018 and lives and works in Edinburgh.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Frame of Mind are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

Other Events at Upright Gallery



25th October 2019 - 15th November 2019
Upright Gallery asked writer Ray French to submit a series of short texts to celebrate the dialects of the British Isles and they are brought to life by artists Gen Harrison and Chris Sleath.

Exhibitions Events you might like...

Giant Lanterns: Lost Worlds
Giant Lanterns: Lost Worlds
15th Nov 2019 - 26th Jan 2020
Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh West
With an extended route for 2019 and over 600 brand-new lanterns, there’s more to explore this year as Giant Lanterns return to Edinburgh Zoo from 15 November to 26 January 2020!
Winter Windows
Winter Windows
16th Nov 2019 - 26th Dec 2019
NA, Various Locations Edinburgh
Come and see Edinburgh's 2019 Winter Windows, showcasing the creativity of Edinburgh’s school pupils!
Beneath the Surface
Beneath the Surface
16th Nov 2019 - 1st Mar 2020
City Art Centre, Edinburgh Old Town
This exhibition features work by nine contemporary artists based in Scotland with the artworks having an economy of gesture in common - a limited tonal palette or a monochrome colour plane.
Find Exhibitions events in Edinburgh

Arts and Crafts Events you might like...

Refresher Sewing Class
Refresher Sewing Class
15th November 2019
Artisan Stitch, Edinburgh East
If you used to sew but are a bit rusty, then this Refresher sewing class run by Artisan Stitch is a good starting point to brush up on your dressmaking techniques.
Leith Labs Explores... Human Impacts On The Climate!
Leith Labs Explores... Human Impacts On The Climate!
16th November 2019
Ocean Terminal, Leith
Join Leith Labs at The Boardwalk, Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre on 16th November for another exciting exploration into science as it explores human impacts on the climate!
Weekend Course - Woodworking with Robin Burns
Weekend Course - Woodworking with Robin Burns
16th Nov 2019 - 17th Nov 2019
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Leith
This weekend course run by Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and led by designer, Robin Burns, will introduce you to woodworking and joinery skills which are useful to artists.
Find Arts and Crafts events in Edinburgh

Find other events in Edinburgh

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Castle of Light
Expect wonder, enchantment and a spectacle of colour this festive season as Edinburgh Castle, the defender of the nation, becomes the ‘Castle of Light’!
Coca Cola Christmas Truck Tour Edinburgh
Holidays are coming... come and get your photo taken with the iconic Coca Cola Christmas Truck when it visits Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November 2019!
Christmas Market - East Princes Street Gardens
The Christmas Market will once again return to East Princes St Gardens for a whole host of bespoke and traditional Christmas items!
Christmas at the Botanics 2019
Explore the sights and sounds of Christmas in this magical after dark experience at the Royal Botanic Gardens!
Taking place in a recreation of the nose cone of a B-25 Mitchell bomber, Heller’s satirical war classic will be performed by Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group at The Biscuit Factory in November!

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »