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THE WOODS


The Woods is an exploration of how our experiences of such places are indelibly imprinted upon our psyche by  the classic European fairytales of our childhoods. Even today, children are raised on the stories of  Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, who wrote in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries respectively.


Their stories, rooted in centuries-old folklore, are commonly set in the woods – a place of peril, refuge or adventure - and sometimes all three.


The classic fairytales have become deeply imprinted on our consciousness. So much so that the moment we enter a wood - so separate, so wild and so full of secrets - whether as children or adults, our imaginations leap with ideas and visions let loose from those stories.


The sense that something or someone may be lurking in the shadows or the periphery is the thrill inherent in the mystery of every wood or forest. The stilled beauty holds both darkness and light, evoking the opaque magic of the old fairy tales - sometimes sinister, sometimes benign, but always evanescent.


It is not the fairytales themselves, but the dreams they summon; that preternatural shiver we feel in the woods that this exhibition will try to conjure.


Each of the images in The Woods is gossamer, a story glimpsed, leaving the viewer to construct a private tale from their own instinctive reaction – peril, refuge or adventure.

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