‘Do you see the coming autumn in the silent falling leaves? Or is it a view of the great unknown, the countless stars of our galaxy reflecting in our earthly, ancient forest…’ Sophie Maree Gallery is delighted to present a new project by Ellie Davies (1976). In this, her latest series, Stars (2014), she explores humankind’s relationship to nature in a modern technological world. She wants to remind the viewer that nature plays an important role in the development of our identity. She does this by layering forest landscapes with extra-terrestrial images of the Milky Way and the Norma Galaxy, captured by the Hubble telescope.
The gallery elaborates: "The incorporation of the galactic images into the familiar forest landscapes creates a feeling of paradox and otherness, combining the physicality and familiarity of the landscapes with the intangible ‘unknown’ of the universe. Using her personal experience of the forest as a starting point, Davies creates an imagery that is strange but familiar and at the same time hauntingly beautiful. The viewer is drawn into an image that both attracts him to the landscape as well as alienates him. Davies has a background in sculpting but turned to photography in her search for a profound in personal interaction with her work and her surroundings. Central in Davies’ work is the ambiguous relationship between nature (in particular, the forest) and human interference in nature. Armed with her camera, step‐ladder and tripod, Davies wanders deep into the forest to create a work that comes to life through a creative process derived from the interaction between the camera and the forest itself. Using the woods as a ‘stage set’ in which human interpretation is integrated. Davies’ works are an ode to the complex interrelationship between nature and human civilization."
Davies' landscape based photographs were on show at Richard Young Gallery in London (‘Into the Woods’ 2012). In August 2014 she won first prize at the Kontinent Awards in the Fine Art Projects category. Her works are published in 'WUD: Four Walks in the Fictional Woods', a limited edition hardback photo book, published by Tangerine Press 2012 and in 'Behind the Image By Natasha Caruana and Anna Fox, 2012'.
Sophie Maree Gallery
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