Something Rich and Strange.

In 2012 I exhibited some flowers of "Hope" in the garden at South Square. They were fragile, made of paper, and soon rotted. In response i have created the exhibition below. It is about decay and renewal.

This exhibition makes use of a variety of sources and by focusing on gardening and the soil, is able to consider ideas about temporality, belief, cyclical patterns and the rhythms of life and death.

The work includes painting, photography, small sculptures and a museum of objects, including seeds which indicate resurrection. There are games to play and scientific diagrams to decipher. I hope it will be interesting to look at and thought provoking. All visitors will find themselves included in the exhibition by means of a mirror.

Dr. James Longbotham of the University of Manchester helped me to understand the biochemistry of decay in the soil and how elements are used again to create new life.

“Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea change
Into something rich and strange”

From the grave of
Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792 – 1822
Protestant Cemetery, Rome.

2015 WAS THE UNITED NATIONS YEAR OF THE SOIL

WE ARE ALL RECYCLED!
The exhibition went on tour to Bristol in November 2015, as part of The Soil Association"s conference at @bristol.There are also two books now about the exhibition. Details are in the Book area of this website.The second book is called "From Dead Stars"
To buy a copy please contact me by email.

Additional Images can be found in the Photography section or the printmaking section of the website.
size closed 30 x 9cms. Open 60cms diameter

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 The Exhibition at South Square     
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 The Book of the Exhibition     
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 the dead flowers at South Square     
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 cell death     
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 1969 Beach Burial Keith Arnatt   Thats me in the red hat! 
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 Time to climb out of the grave     
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 tree of life     
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 tree of life     
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 Seeds     
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