Our installation of We Are Forest has been interrupted by Storm Emma, who has brought sub-zero temperatures and high winds to North Hampshire. With icy conditions and snow drifts piling up on the roads, we have been unable to travel down to Gosport to finish what we started earlier in the week.
Unfortunately, this means that the preview on Saturday has had to be cancelled, but we still hope to be able to get to Gosport and finish the painting before Wednesday (7 March), when the gallery reopens and the exhibition is due to start.
They say that Oak is king of the forest and that Beech is the queen.
The oaks shown here are drawn in medieval-style iron gall ink (made from oak galls), using a dip pen, the beech in a more prosaic (but easier to handle) modern ink, using a fountain pen.
Artikinesis will be presenting a room-sized artwork exploring our relationship with trees.
Visitors can watch the artwork as it grows in the week before the exhibition opens, and later immerse themselves in the installation. Integrating painted and projected artwork with a haunting soundtrack composed for the work, it will be a calm space in an urban setting, a chance to contemplate what trees have to offer humanity. What answers do they hold to the problems we face as a species and as individuals? Should we be seeking to renew our acquaintance with our earthy, earthly companions? We owe the trees a great deal: since primeval times, these beneficial beings have cleansed our air; they have provided us with shelter, fuel, food and medicine. Do they speak among themselves? Do they seek to communicate with us?
Walk through our forest, be part of it and find new forest paths of your own.