Gardens of the imagination
Four Artspan artists study the relation between beauty and decay, death and life, and the natural world staking its claim in an urban setting.
"Death in the garden is combined with human life, because it's all connected."
Laura Bennet's haunting photographs find the exquisite beauty in decay and examines the cycle of life in death.
St. John's Wort
"Even when the flowers are nearing the end of their blooms, there is still beauty to be found in their decay. "
Will Hübscher lends bright new life to cut flowers by combining them with items lost and found and full of memories and meaning.
Icing and Vows
Artifice on Board
"I paint as I find in our mixed-up world; the divisions between urban and rural are not always easy to see. The tendrils of the city reach ever outwards via motorways and industrial estates, pylons and litter. But in turn the countryside reaches in; via urban farms, allotments, guerrilla gardening, and re-wilding." Nessie Ramm's beautifully detailed paintings explore the hopeful life found even in roundabouts and along the sides of highways.
Meadow at Cable Street
Poppies and Roses at Cable Street
Summer in Our City
Deborah Stevenson's botanical series breathes fresh life into myths, classical stories and works of art frozen in time.
In the Garden With Degas