Packwood Fragments

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These are a series of unique prints based on images of a topiary garden at Packwood House: a National Trust property in Warwickshire. The prints explore how gardens and nature can be manipulated beyond all recognition. Views of the garden are depicted as hyper-green alien landscapes, striking, startling and synthetic, bright and luridly coloured, rendering the yew trees unnatural and incongruous. They celebrate the English Pastoral and also explore the subjective nature of value, particularly in relation to what human beings choose to keep and what they choose to discard. The artworks interrogate the value we place in regulated beauty and question the morality of the dominion that we attempt to hold over the natural world.

The prints are monotypes combined with image transfer and acrylic paint printed onto a thick, heavyweight handmade paper support which gives each artwork its own physicality as an object.

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