The Wilderness Project
From 22nd March through to 4th April, I will be exhibiting five artworks as part of a group exhibition titled 'The Wilderness Project'. The exhibition has been created, curated and presented by The Haven London, a London-based charity whose focus is on supporting the spiritual, emotional and mental wellbeing of their creative community in London.
The framework and catalyst for the exhibition is given below as a direct quotation from The Haven London's own website feature of the event:
"The Wilderness Project is an exhibition, presented by The Haven + London, which will showcase the work of a diverse group of artists reflecting on the experience of life in lockdown during the Covid19 pandemic.
Using the story of Jesus’ experience in the Wilderness as the catalyst, the exhibition will explore those moments when all sense of self, social identities and notions of value and stability break down. Contributing artists come from a variety of faith backgrounds and world views and the work on display includes the physical, emotional and spiritual experiences of lockdown and wilderness time through a range of media including painting, photography, sculpture, video, installation and performance work.
Presented online and, Covid restrictions permitting, by appointment in person, the exhibition will provide a space for viewers to reflect on their own experience of the wilderness year we have all been through, asking questions about how we have changed as individuals and as a society, how have we struggled? What has sustained us? And who are we now as we look with hope towards the easing of restrictions?
Artwork will be available to purchase online from 29th March with selected artworks being sold at auction in May on Mental Health Awareness Week."
These images bear witness to my own journey through the wilderness during these unprecedented times. By harnessing the physical landscape at points of emotion and poignancy, the resulting images are imbedded with these feelings, not just because they were the stimulus for it being taken, but because the act of taking it at those points means a memory is now associated with it. Now, when I look back on those images I can recall the emotion I felt at the time.
During the lockdowns of 2020, we went back out into our landscapes, into nature, the physical wilderness. Like many others during this time, I went to places and walked paths I have never been to before. Physically, emotionally, mentally, metaphorically. Analogous to a wilderness of the mind and soul, I found its physical form in the landscape. A parallel journey of discovery, getting lost, finding a way through and being able to reach home again. Through the mist and darkness, the sun was found.
Information about the venue:
"The exhibition venue, St Pancras New Church, in the heart of London is an historic setting and the contemporary art works will be curated in dialogue with this remarkable building, including the sanctuary area and crypt.
As well as the art itself there will also be online and physical resources to enable personal reflection and meditation on these issues and experiences as well as stories told by the artists themselves about the challenges and opportunities that come with being a creative practitioner during a global pandemic."
For more information and to receive updates about this event, and other events, as well as other work the charity do, please visit their website at https://thehavenlondon.com
For full details of the event visit https://thehavenlondon.com/2021/03/02/the-wilderness-project/