Since the line-up for Allura – The Trail (3rd-4th Nov 2018) has been announced, I’ve been researching the artists whose work I’m most keen to see – no mean feat - and I’ve found myself entranced by three very different... Continue Reading →
Meet Gozitan artist Ed Roberts, whose work I love, ahead of Allura: The Trail about which I’m super-excited. I interviewed Ed to find out more about her and why she’s captivated by the floribunda of the Maltese islands.
Ed Roberts paints flowers: not with the delicate watercolours of a botanical illustrator whose accurate lines capture every vein and structural perfection anonymously, instead presenting the flowers she chooses large-scale with lavish deep colours, fluid brush strokes and an astonishing abstract beauty.
A British-born artist who lives in Kercem, Gozo, Ed fell in love with the island after a six month stay and then decided to relocate permanently with her husband and daughter. She has now been in Malta for three years.
‘When I was small, I wasn’t sporty so my mum suggested I drew the flowers in the garden. I was the eldest of three children so I think it was mostly a way for my mum to keep me out from under her feet yet occupied safely,’ she laughs, ‘but look where it’s led me!’
‘Mum was a seamstress for the Royal Opera House in London, sketching figures…
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A novel by Lou Drofenik (2017; Horizons) This modern novel is set in contemporary Malta where Maggie, an Australian woman with Maltese roots, finds herself in Lija unexpectedly and occupies herself piecing together a story from the past from a... Continue Reading →
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