In Visible Nature
Contemporary Artists in the Environment
Friday 16 May 2014, 6.30pm - The Gallery
A Conversation chaired by Professor Anita Taylor / introduced by Professor Rod Bugg / with guest speakers Mariele Neudecker and Hayley Skipper.
Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Bath School of Art & Design, Bath Spa University, is an artist, educator and exhibition maker. She is the Director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize project (since 1994) and Adjunct Professor of the University of Sydney, affiliated to Sydney College of the Arts.
Mariele Neudecker, Artist, lives and works in Bristol, UK. Neudecker uses a broad range of media including sculpture, installation, film and photography in her practice which investigates the formation and historical dissemination of cultural constructs around the natural world, focusing particularly on landscape representations within the Northern European Romantic tradition and today’s notions of the Sublime. Central to the work is the human interest and relationship to landscape and its images used metaphorically for human psychology.
Hayley Skipper, Curator of Arts Development, Forestry Commission England, trained as an artist, arriving at curating from a practitioner’s perspective. Through her role at the Forestry Commission she explores the exchange between the non-art institution and artists, what they do and how audiences experience that. She was instrumental in establishing Jerwood Open Forest which examines art in the environment and what it has the potential to be, in its broadest definition. It resulted in a multisensory exhibition of new work, charting five selected projects over a six month period of research and development, held at the Jerwood Space, London, in early 2014.
Mariele Neudecke, There Is Always Something More Important, 2012
Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt), Jerwood Open Forest 2014, Alice Holt Forest and Research Station
Chris Watson, Geyser Recording / with Iain Pate, Jerwood Open Forest 2014