Reimagining approaches to botanical art.
Beautiful Fruit is collaborative body of work by Linda Spowart and Tilley Wood which explores a new dialogue between the scientific, artistic observer and the natural environment – centred around a Cotoneaster tree that grows in Spowart’s backyard. By collaborating with one another, the tree and it’s environment, the artists repurpose many traditional techniques used by botanical artists to alternatively represent their subject and the wider natural world. These works juxtapose the larger external environment against the smaller internal environment, deliberately highlighting subjective points of interest held by the artists.
Beautiful Fruit shows how the observer influences the story of the subject – a story inherently linked to first hand experience and collaboration with a specimen and it’s environment. The physical appearance of a subject tells a different story when it is broken down through dissection and decay; or the broader environment that creates it’s life is included. This exhibition is a space where both nature and human make art together intuitively, highlighting the role we all play as day to day scientific observers. By approaching the botanical subject with a contemporary artistic practice a fresh landscape and understanding evolves to feed the imagination of audience, artist and scientist alike.
Wednesday 14 – Sunday 25 August 2019
10:00am – 4:00pm daily
(CLOSED Tuesday 20 August 2019)
Thursday 15 August 2019, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Exhibition to be opened by Yvonne Rees-Pagh
WORKSHOP & DEMONSTRATION:
Sunday 18 August 2019, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
The artists will hold a workshop and demonstration of the process of cyanotype. All materials and equipment will be provided, participants are encouraged to bring their own objects or plant specimens for printing if inclined, though there will also be plenty of cuttings provided too. The workshop will have participants produce their own cyanotype print, which will then be displayed alongside the materials used and the artists’ journals for the remainder of the exhibition.
Participants will be able to collect their prints at the closure of the exhibition.
The workshop will also be an informal opportunity to discuss the exhibition and their work with the artists.
Image Credits: Cotoneaster Wallpaper (detail), Photograph Credit: Linda Spowart