TIME LAPSE II – artists reflecting on time & place
Three artists – Carolyn Black, Melanie Clarke and Nichola Goff present an exhibition of process-led artworks which are grounded in place and time, responding to the landscape of the Forest of Dean, where they live. The title Time Lapse relates to the impact the pandemic had on their perception of time and relationship with their local environment.
This fascinating exhibition was first shown at the Centrespace Gallery in Bristol earlier this year. The artists are delighted to be able to show these works in a gallery close to the landscape that informed them. The works shown expand the boundaries of printmaking and drawing, presenting experimental works in a range of media. They explore human interventions and relationships within the landscape, both physically and emotionally.
The Bristol exhibition stimulated rich conversations about climate change and visitors commented on how well the artworks worked together. The artists are pleased to have an opportunity to exhibit Time Lapse again, this time in The George Gallery.
Clarke combines the ethereal fleeting moment with a material solidity as she seeks to give a voice to the unseen through her experimental approach to printmaking. Her works sensitively investigate the relationship we have as humans with nature – sometimes harmonious, often antagonistic and exploitative – which she firmly believes needs to be rebalanced.
Goff presents ‘36 days in lockdown’, a large-scale installation of 36 mapped woodblock prints of pathways of daily walks made during the Covid lockdown in 2020 and printed with local earth pigments. These works on paper are accompanied by sound and film playing memories of that time, reflecting how the world stood still, when we had time to take notice of places close to home.
Black employs a wide range of media in her works in response to heatwaves and future flooding of the River Severn. In around 20 years time, climate change will have transformed our familiar landscapes around the world. When ice caps have melted and Barrow Hill becomes an island, what might that look like?