SERIES/EXHIBITIONS


The Woods


Wild places like the woods are imprinted on our imagination by childhood's classic European fairytales — the stories of Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson a constant even today.


Rooted in centuries-old folklore, these tales of magic and allegory are commonly set in the woods — places of peril, refuge or adventure — and sometimes all three.


In consequence, the moment we enter such untamed spaces — so separate, so wild, so full of secrets — whether as children or adults, our imaginations leap with ideas and visions let loose from those stories. They summon an involuntary, preternatural shiver of anticipation and unease.


The imminent, lurking always on the periphery, is the thrill inherent in the mystery of every wood or forest, heightened by the sense of enclosure. The stilled beauty holds both darkness and light, evoking the opaque magic of the old fairytales — sometimes sinister, sometimes benign, but always evanescent.


Each work in the series is gossamer, a story glimpsed, leaving the viewer to construct a private tale from their own instinctive reaction — peril, refuge or adventure.

A little girl runs through a misty wood
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The Woods No.1

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The Woods No.1

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A caravan at night in a quiet wood
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The Woods No. 2

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The Woods No. 2

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Are the children in the woods real
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The Woods No. 4

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The Woods No. 4

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Can the children in the woods be magic
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The Woods No. 6

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The Woods No. 6

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A young woman in white on a forest swing in the night
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The Woods No. 9

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The Woods No. 9

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The face appeared in the forest pool
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The Woods No. 10

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The Woods No. 10

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The woods can hide and reveal
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The Woods No. 12 

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The Woods No. 12 

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Rose Red, asleep in the woods
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The Woods No.13 

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The Woods No.13 

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Is it love, or threat that watches the maiden by the forest pond
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The Woods No. 14

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The Woods No. 14

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A fog envelops the woods, beauty and mystery combined
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The Woods No. 15

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The Woods No. 15

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