The Hedge Project
Showing in LPW Project Space
Until 29th October 2018
Hedges play an important role in our lives in both urban and rural environments. They contain animals, humans and define edges, borders and boundaries, harbouring a chaotic structure with a natural order. Easily overlooked, these living ecosystems, often endangered, are explored by LPW Artist Claire Morris-Wright in this new work.
The Hedge Project is an ongoing series of works including drypoints, Indian ink drawings, aquatint etchings, linocuts and a range of distinctly different media such as embroidery on scrim and organic materials.
For Claire, a hedge in a small village in Northamptonshire, which stretches over a hill for over 300 metres, has been the inspiration for these new works. Regularly walking along it in all seasons, Claire has been looking and noticing the changes and recording this through drawing, painting, textiles and print. The result of this study is a body of art work which explores the fascination with a natural structure which is imbued with a surprisingly powerful range of symbols and metaphor.
Hedges can be found as borders to keep people or animals in or keep them out; hedges can exist as demarcations of territory or property. Hedges can exist as things of beauty and havens for other plants and wildlife; hedges can also exist as charmless and brutal. In so many ways, Claire’s work on hedges can be read as compelling reflections on the ways in which we live our lives, just as much as her works encourage us to reflect and meditate on the beauty, composition, execution and compelling originality of her pieces.
As Claire asserts, this body of work looks “at how our environments impact on our personal lives in both urban and rural locations.” As she so eloquently suggests, “Hedges play a really important part in all our lives. They are liminal spaces between things, they act as borders and boundaries, edges and containers and can be seen in car parks, schools and offices in every city. They are chaotic structures and organised ecosystems with their own busy pathways for flora and fauna often harbouring and protecting ancient lichens and mosses. They are vital parts of a farm and are managed and laid carefully or brutally cut by hedge trimmers.”
This touring exhibition launched on September 28th at Wallner Gallery, at Lakeside Arts in Nottingham, before travelling to Leicester Print Workshop and then on to Alfred East gallery in Kettering.
Claire Morris-Wright is one of the founding members of Knighton Lane Artists Studios and Leicester Print Workshop and has exhibited widely. She was Artist in Residence at Loughborough University, has been interviewed about her work by BBC Radio 4 and has a public art piece at the Curve Theatre in Leicester.
“With this decidedly original series of works, Claire has done something quite remarkable. She has brought our attention to something we very likely would not have considered, in the fullness with which this series of works exists. Irrespective of where in the country we are, hedges exist all around us, in ways we seldom recognise or appreciate. This series of work is extraordinary, in its beautiful, haunting and engaging ability to animate so many issues and concerns, which the hedge is capable of evoking, when we give it our attention, as this exceptional body of work compels us to. ” – Eddie Chambers, Professor of Contemporary Art History at the University of Texas.
12th September – 29th October: LPW Project Space
17th November – 22nd December: Alfred East, Kettering Museum and Art Gallery
Past: 28th July – 8th September: Wallner Gallery Lakeside Arts at Nottingham University