Mystic Garden

In the midst of a pandemic, nature takes its toll on humanity, and we strive to reconnect with what we've got in front of us, in hope to forge a future of serenity. Using the courtyard space as a catalyst for inspiration, we have collaboratively cultivated a mystical garden where we are able to deposit our own individual works in digital form to then display them as one collective response, towards the importance plants have to life on this planet. Multiple mediums have been utilised in an attempt to communicate an investigative ensemble, that helps to visualise our various concepts.

 

Ecofeminism 

As a group of females, our garden focuses on ideas from the writer Françoise d'Eaubonne's in her book "Le Féminisme ou la Mort" (1974). We have adopted her idea of relating social oppression, denomination, exploitation and colonization from the patriarchal society with the damage this has caused to nature. And that nature can only be reborn from feminine instinct for "nurturing", at which this mode of knowing has been ignored by our western patriarchal economy, as it fails to see women's lives with the creation of wealth. 

Spiritual mysticism 

The reoccurring theme of mysticism within the garden has led us on a spiritual journey with nature. We have come to terms with the complex form of nature and the metamorphosis of plants being the intrinsic component to growth. At the foreground, our work constitutes to the depictions inspired from John Wyndham's book, The Day Of The Triffids (1951), Rene Laloux's Fantastic Planet (1973) and the current exhibition running at Camden Arts Centre  "The Botanical Mind- art, mysticism and The Cosmic Tree".

Ideas of space 

Finally, our consciousness to the architectural identity of the courtyard has prioritised our concern on moving through this representational path. The idea of the space being outside has provoked us to think more critically about the interior space having a cohesive sense of importance to the project. Looking out at the views of gardens from the window in various parts of London as well as Spain, and concentrating on the entering between interior and exterior, which then prompts speculation on how might we perceive how nature travels through consciousness of the paths we take.

 

 

 

Artists involved:

Eliza Burall Stillman @ebstillman

Siobhan Lynch @siobhanbonnie.art

Sofia Stijelja  @sofia.9.9

Ella Price @ella.price.art

Eliza Burton @elizacjburton

Judith Gao @judiththe.judith

Daniella Scozzari @scozzarti

Elsa Bouzas www.elsabouzas.com