Fewer Laws, More Examples
Most exhibitions of the work of Ian Hamilton Finlay concentrate on his interest in the Scottish landscape and his concept of the pastoral or his love of maritime imagery. The poet was also fascinated with the emotions and principles arising from the French Revolution: a period of not only great principle and virtue but also of fear and the fervent of Robespierre’s Terror. In particular Finlay often liked to quote Saint Juste – “Fewer laws, more examples”. Using prints and object multiples from the Richard Demarco archive and the Heart Fine Art archive Finlay’s response to this turbulent history is considered.