Val Patterson - 'The Red Herring'

Patterson’s work explores the uses of the colour red in fairytales and mythology amongst others. From love to danger and a sense of foreboding the colour red plays a key and unlocking role in many of these stories.

Bringing references from across a broad range of cultural uses Patterson groups the red of red lips alongside the threatening nature of a note written in blood and the red of the apple as a sinister motif.


“Inspired by female heroines from classic fairy tales, fiction, religion and mythology, she creates a narrative of cinematic landscapes, portraits and still lives.”

More information can be found on Val Patterson's website