On our visit to Trelissick Garden I was delighted to discover an outdoor exhibition of contemporary art installations by Contemporary Craft BA(Hons) students from University College, Falmouth. The installations were dotted throughout the gardens and woodlands bringing surprises at every turn of the path. There are too many to show you all of them so here is a very small selection ... the words beneath the photos are the artists' statements
Alaina Kerry - "Framing the Picture"
Artist Statement - Alaina Kerry
Alaina Kerry is using bold, black and white fabrics against contrasting bright colours to emphasize the form of the Rhododendron trunk and branches. Alaina wishes to interrupt the audience's view and highlight the space from it's natural surroundings. Fabrics and ribbon have been meticulously wrapped around the trees to create colourful bandages which are alien to the environment. In this context they have also been used to raise questions about the visitors' expectations when viewing this National Trust garden
Janie Tonkin - "Russellianumb"
Artist Statement - Janie Tonkin
The plant disease "Phythophthora Kernoviae" is specific to Cornwall and related to "Sudden Oak Death". It has inspired this work displayed beneath the canape of the Rhododendron Russellianum. Using a tradionally private, contained way of drying garments, the artist has exposed the use of an enlarged washing line to resemble a natural timeline, with reference to the progression of disease. By redefining the use of tights, new and worn, the artist has recycled otherwise useless or unwanted garments to contain both the fast growing and dead plant matter. From the weight of the plants, the tights resemble large drip-like forms, which conjure up images of fatty deposits and bodily fluids. The nature of a disease generally represents unwanted growth that can be potentially deadly and this installation aims to outline the destructive characteristics of both human and plant diseases
Lucy Shipp - "Clangers"
Artist Statement - Lucy Shipp
Lucy Shipp is looking at the overlooked. The clang of pots and pans in her installation is an auditory response to the distant chugging of boats, that can be heard around the garden, that may not usually be acknowledged. Although it is a playful act, pressing the pedal is intended to create an overwhelming sound and a moment of confusion from which grows a powerful silence. It is hoped that by creating a consciousness of the silence, visitors become more appreciative of visuals, sounds, aromas and feelings that may have previously gone unnoticed
and last (but not least) - MY FAVOURITE !
Toni Miles - "Tree Portal"
[please click on the picture to view LARGE]
Artist Statement - Toni Miles
Toni Miles, the artist, wanted to focus on the process of making, working closely with the Sweet Chestnut tree in her site at Trelissick. Using the reflective quality of mirrors, Toni aims to highlight the natural patterns formed within the bark, whilst creating an optical illusion of cutting out a circular section of the trunk