An award-winning Derry artist is currently staging her first solo exhibition at the Playhouse Theatre in her home town..

Aislinn Cassidy says “The Sick Rose” installation links art, science and literature by making a connection between the flow/uptake of dyed fluids in roses chromatography paper, the chemical-physical process of diffusion, capillarity and colour separation and the rose (stained and poisoned by ink unknowingly) as a metaphor for William Blake’s poem “The Sick Roae.”

She added: “The Sick Rose is a poem that has many political, social and religious interpretations.

“The installation is saturated with symbolism that references and makes associations with some of these interpretations, literal and metaphorical.

“My intention is that you, the viewer, can explore the symbolism and science used by myself in the construction of the installation aesthetically and emotionally.

“And, hopefully, it will prompt you to question the scientific processes involved in the various elements of the installation, while also considering the metaphorical significance of Blake’s poem and what it means to you personally.”

Aislinn is a sicence graduate and teacher now returned to full-time study at the North West Regional College.

She has completed her first year with distinction and was awarded the 2016 overall runner-up (19 years+) in the BEST Awards, Colleges Northern Ireland.

Previously, she was awarded best overall part-time student 2015 and a NWRC Best in further Education Award 2016 for Outstanding Communication.

“The Sick Rose” is on show at the Playhouse Theatre in Artillery Street to this Friday, 15 July, before going on to exhibit at NWRC in September.

Meanwhile, Aislinn will stage a painting exhibition, entitled "Reflections on The Foyle," in the Alley Theatre in Strabane for the month of November.

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