The Hedge Project
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 the subject of an art project in 2018.
For LPW Artist Claire Morris-Wright, a hedge in a small village in Northamptonshire, which stretches over a hill for over 300 metres, has been the inspiration for new work. 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.
Claire has been awarded funding from Arts Council England to make and exhibit new work inspired by the hedge and to run a project which engages audiences and groups at three venues with environmental issues, ecology and wildlife. The exhibition will launch on September 28th at Wallner Gallery, at Lakeside Arts in Nottingham, before travelling to Leicester Print Workshop and 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.
“To be working from one hedge and to produce such exquisite and wide-ranging work is nothing short of remarkable. We can glean much in the way of engagement with and understandings of Claire’s work from the natural or organic sources she uses to both execute some of pieces and create some of the colours she uses.” – Eddie Chambers, Professor of Contemporary Art History at the University of Texas.
28th July – 8th September: Wallner Gallery Lakeside Arts at Nottingham University
11th September – 29th October: Leicester Print Workshop
17th November – 22nd December: Alfred East, Kettering Museum and Art Gallery