Welcome to the Arborealist Room.
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Badgeworthy Wood, Exmoor, Devon by Philippa Beale
During quarantine in my studio, where I was not to see friends and family for six months, it seemed ominously quiet. All that could be heard was from outside, the gentle wind and the susurration of dead leaves and twigs fluttering in high boughs.
I started to wander in forests in my dreams, actually well known places to me; the smell of damp ground and mulched leaves hovering in the air; no clue what was ahead as I trod softly through all the old recorded tales of my youth.
Pollard Oak by Paul Newham
From the list of sites provided for this project, Cloutsham Ball and the East Water Valley seemed like an intriguing location to explore. Here, there are many oaks, richly draped in ferns and lichens. These grand, aged specimens were forlorn and untidy; many had shed various limbs which still lay in situ. In the damp valley air, high above the river, this added a sense of something remote and fantastical compared to the grand parkland oaks near where I live in North West Dorset.
Regeneration by Richard Bavin
This painting is based on outdoor studies and records made in Lady Park Wood in the autumn of 2017 as part of a collaboration between The Arborealists (art collective focusing on trees) and woodland ecologist George Peterken. The painting was finished and titled last year, but now I find it speaks to our shared experience of this pandemic, with intimations of the cycle of life, death and regeneration.