Stour Valley Arts is exhibiting my Insecta project and has commissioned an essay for Retain:Reclaim – a curatorial exhibition featuring the artists Chris Drury and Kate Linforth as well as myself.
Stour Valley Arts’ Cornershop
Unit 3, Park Mall
Kent TN24 8UU
11 am–4 pm, Wednesday–Saturday
Exhibition launch: Saturday 22 February, 12–4 pm – all welcome. The artists and curators will be present from noon. At 1 pm there will be an artist's talk by Kate Linforth followed by a discussion.
▲ (Left to right) Rich Cutler: Insecta, photographic print. Chris Drury: Boletus Circle, mud screenprint. Kate Linforth: Woodland Fungus, beeswax pigment and bark.
Retain:Reclaim – the first of five pop-up exhibitions to be curated within Stour Valley Arts’ Cornershop
Retain:Reclaim is the realisation of a visual research project that explores the versatile relationship between nature and man. Man has for centuries attempted to suppress nature due to the obsessive need to order chaos. Retain:Reclaim aims to challenge this desire to contain nature and the perception of its success; it endorses the organic growth and shows the unpredictable and somewhat vengeful ‘reclaim’ of nature.
The exhibition showcases work from three scientific-research based artists who display contrasting methods that endeavour to retain nature.
''While the rationalisation, organisation and intellectual dissection of the natural world is an activity that humankind has engaged in for centuries, it is important to remember that nature still retains the capacity to undo our orderly constructs and reclaim the landscape for its own.''
(R. O’Reilly 2014)
Supporting the curatorial dialogue, a catalogue accompanies the exhibition and will be free to take away. The catalogue contains new essays by the curators and a responsive project by Rowena O’ Reilly, which will explore the common themes and concepts found in the works of Kate Linforth, Chris Drury and Rich Cutler.
An artist's talk by Kate Linforth will be hosted at the Cornershop venue during the exhibition launch at 1 pm on Saturday 22 February. She will be discussing her scientific influences that feed into the beautiful sculptural works on display, followed by a Q&A session.
I have been published in two magazines:
- Platform No. 7 has included my Digital Archaeology project in its still life issue
- Introdex No. 4 is showcasing my Insecta project, and has published my essay ''How to read a moth''
Click on the image to download PDF:
A photograph from my Digital Archaeology project has been selected for the Response exhibition at:
Lucy Bell Gallery
46 Norman Road
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex TN38 0EJ
Response: a democratic experimental exhibition
This exhibition was aimed at promoting upcoming talent, via peer photographers. The Lucy Bell Gallery and The Miniclick Photography Talks held the ‘Everyone is a Curator’ event as part of the Brighton Photo Fringe 2013.
Around 100 photographers submitted about 700 digital images, which were then checked out on screen, by the public and the event curators (including Eleanor MacNair (White Cube Gallery), Helen Trompeteler (NPG), Rachel Segal Hamilton (Ideas Tap), Laura Pannack (photographer), Lucy Bell (Lucy Bell Gallery) and Jim Stephenson (Miniclick Founder)). Selected photos were printed there and then and pinned to a wall, to create a constantly changing and evolving exhibition. The public then marked their favourite prints, and the event curators selected 10 of the most popular images for reprinting at 20 × 30 inches and inclusion in the Response exhibition at The Lucy Bell Gallery the following week.
The standard was incredibly high, and due to the very high number of entries the live curation ran into a second day. The reaction to the process and the evolving exhibition, both from the public and photographers who submitted work, was superb, and the weekend had a buzzing, exciting atmosphere. This exhibition is made up of the work of ten photographers selected from the ‘Everyone is a Curator’ event, by the curators, the peers and the public. The show at the Lucy Bell Gallery also featured a large-scale photograph of the evolving exhibition from the ‘Everyone is a Curator’ event as it was when it closed at 5pm on Sunday 3 November.
The 10 selected photographers: Christopher Bethell, Jocelyn Allen, Richard Cutler, Peter Gates, Sam Laughlin, Margaret Mitchell, Nikosono, Kajal Nisha Patel, Kristina Salgvik, Amelia Shepherd.
Just graduated with an MA Photography degree with distinction from Brighton University. Comments on my final project Insecta:
''An ambitious and very confident project exquisitely handled throughout, culminating in an exceptionally beautiful book. I'd really love to own this!''
(Mark Power, Magnum photographer and lecturer)
''Highly focused, sophisticated and visually seductive work. The attention to technical detail, design, display and resolution is extraordinary.''
(Fergus Heron, photographer and lecturer)
''The book that you have produced is really beautiful and complex and thoughtful.''
(Joanna Lowry, MA Photography Course Leader, Brighton University)
▲ Installation views of my Insecta project in /world.
I will be exhibiting my latest project Insecta for my master’s degree show.
The Faculty of Arts Gallery
University of Brighton
68 Grand Parade
Brighton BN2 0JY
All are welcome to the private view: Friday 20 September from 6 pm.
The project looks at the human need to collect and catalogue, and our fascination with the natural world. I couldn’t have done it without The Booth Museum of Natural History allowing me to root around its collections.
See the exhibition website for more information: /world.
▲ Image from my Insecta project.