In March 2020, the UK locked down, and the Mount House Gallery closed the group exhibition early. The gallery would be empty until college, and life returned to itself.
I asked permission to use the windows of the gallery. The following five series of window sets are the result of a spontaneous idea sprouting from disappointment at seeing an empty gallery space and the desire to brighten the town in some way.
Each window pane, as it turned out was the perfect size for an A3 sized paper so I chose and printed forty photographs of macro views of flowers. I found a quote that paired well with this theme and the following evening I installed the images. I didn’t think I would be doing more than one because of course, we were told “two weeks to flatten the curve”. It seems naive in retrospect to have believed this, but what resulted was a joy for me to create.
“ONE TOUCH OF NATURE MAKES THE WHOLE WORLD KIN.” ~Shakespeare
“IF THERE IS MAGIC ON THIS PLANET, IT IS CONTAINED IN WATER.” ~LOREN EISELY
“TREES ARE THE POEMS THE EARTH WRITES UPON THE SKY.” ~KAHLIL GIBRAN
Easter weekend. Photographs taken of spring flowers and skies. Over two-hundred butterflies cut from printed vellum originally planned for an installation in the college chapel, but cancellation meant I was able to use them here.
The final window installation stayed up for several weeks. THANK YOU to all those health care workers who risked their careers and reputations to speak out, to speak truth, and to dare to go against the main stream.