The Transformed Land collects work from various artists who are interested in place. Some frequently return to the same place, others are visitors, some are residents, and some are creators of imagined places.
“Very little of the scenery, even in the wildest and least touched part of our islands, can truthfully be described as natural… [it is] largely of [man’s] making, clothed with trees and plants of his choice, and tenanted by animals which he has either tended or tolerated.” – Dudley Stamp in Man and The Land.
Landscape is largely shaped by man, and our understanding of landscape is always filtered through our perception and experience. It is this process of experience that transforms “landscape” into “place.” A place can mean many things to different people: a tourist and a resident in a coastal village will see and experience that place differently. Places are often in flux: beaches go through rapid daily change, cliffs and tors are going through longer processes of erosion or seismic shift, villages and towns experience daily and long-term cultural and physical changes. A place may change physically but can be relived in memories and in stories. The same can be said for displacement; when the place itself remains but we become separated from it.
The work exhibited here involves various processes. Some artists actively participate in the place through walking or collecting material, and others observe. The resulting work is as varied in material and form as the land that has inspired it, including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, text, film and photography.
This exhibition doesn’t limit itself to real place, it also delves into imagined places. The artist is an explorer, not just of landscapes, but of his or her own psyche. The artwork here is a visual manifestation of discoveries made whilst journeying, whether that journey is literal or psychological, or in many cases: a little of both.
The participating artists are: David Daniels, Russell Denman, Andrew George, Eleanor Goulding, Andrew Lansley, Jason Miller, Paul Newman, Linn O’Carroll, Howard Phipps, Jennifer Newbury, Sae Murai, David Smith, Clive Walley, Deborah Westmancoat.
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