Ellie Davies at 10GS

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Ellie Davies at 10GS

Postby elliedavies » Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:25 pm

Smoke and Mirrors
New Landscape photography by Ellie Davies

Private View 12th May 2011 6pm - 9pm
13th May – 5th Sept 2011
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10 Grosvenor Street
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Smoke and Mirrors brings together new landscape work by photographer Ellie Davies. Produced over the last three years working in the New Forest, she explores her relationship to the landscape, its role in defining personal identity and the notion that all perceptions of nature are in some way mediated by culture.

The term ‘landscape’ can be seen as a socially constructed description of nature embedded in memory, history, storytelling, folk law and magic, obscuring the reality of the land, veiling it, transforming the natural world into an idealization.

Davies plays the role of a witness and a narrator as she becomes actively involved with the forest space, inscribing on it and weaving into it, building a personal experience and interaction. Introducing interventions such as pools of light and darkness, pathways of wool and paint, golden trees, and marks drawn into the landscape, she captures a trajectory or a record of an interaction like an ephemeral self-portrait. The materials weave, sew, thread and connect her tangibly to the landscape for a short time, catching and locating herself within it. Imposed and over-laid on the landscape they transform the natural world into an object as well as a photographic image, an ‘inscribed space’ which questions the stability of ‘nature’ and landscape’ as concepts. The process of ‘making’ in these images and the craft materials used reflects upon the ‘constructed’ nature of landscape and explore the boundaries between the natural and the cultural.

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Re: Ellie Davies at 10GS

Postby CAP » Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:51 am

Could have done with knowing what year Ellie received her MA from The London College of Communication, otherwise felt lighting could be more theatrical, the work could do with some serious Photoshopping generally, a la Gursky.

Good as far as it goes though. :)
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Re: Ellie Davies at 10GS

Postby Jim » Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:51 am

Graduated in 2008 I think. So is there any photoshopping as it is? In the trail of ferns leading away it to the woods in particular I wonder? Is it more Gursky or Goldsworthy? I agree about more theatrical lighting, especially in the island ones... maybe more punch, more incident would be good in general.
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Re: Ellie Davies at 10GS

Postby jasperjoffe » Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:03 am

is this not a press release
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Re: Ellie Davies at 10GS

Postby CAP » Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:51 am

Only one way to find out - press it and see if it releases anything. :lol:
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