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5th November, 2022 - 28th February, 2023Free
Treewilder is an exhibition of site-responsive interventions, sculptures and video work set in Barnwell Country Park aiming to encourage visitors to explore the woodland space throughout autumn and winter. Guest curated by Angela Kingston, the exhibition features work by Denise de Cordova, Delaine Le Bas, Kim L Pace, Jennet Thomas, Danny Treacy, and Johannes Zits.
Suggestive of both the words ‘bewilder’ and ‘rewilding’, Treewilder invites audiences to take a step into the woods and the world of contemporary art, addressing Fermynwoods Contemporary Art’s current theme of Xylophobia (or fear of the woods) head on. As guest curator Angela Kingston suggests, “Feel the fear and do it anyway”, perhaps discovering what might be called ‘xylophilia’, or an attraction to nature, along the way.
The exhibition features sculptures by Denise de Cordova, based on her time spent alone in the deep woods and forest spaces of British Columbia. Look out for Kim L Pace’s hybrid personages suggesting plant, animal or mineral combined with human characteristics, occupying trees in the park. Video work by Delaine Le Bas looks at the places where memories live within Britain’s Romani Gypsy culture, and Jennet Thomas pairs the terrifying rate that bat habitats are being destroyed with the potent image of the bat super-charged by the origin story of Covid-19. Danny Treacy presents new work made during the park annual burning, from social rituals and signs of affection and devotion left in the park.
Preceding the exhibition Johannes Zits will be artist in residence at Barnwell Country Park, working with local people to develop a guided experience through and with selected trees. This will culminate in a performance on October 9th connecting both the human and nonhuman in a lament for nature. Documentation of the performance will be included in the exhibition.