An Art Installation by Gillian Widden
1st July - 15th September 2017
On 1st July 2017, a new installation will open at The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens in Wells.
The Jocelyn Hall within the Palace buildings will be the venue for this innovative and thought-provoking display.
The installation comprises three floor based circular pieces, each measuring 180cm in diameter. A simple ‘green’ hazel ring, turns into a circle of charred hazel twigs enclosing a mass of dried hawthorn berries, and ends with a jet-black wheel of hazel sticks.
Artist Gillian Widden says “The circle is a universally recognised symbol, a continuum with no beginning and no end, and is sometimes regarded as a metaphor for life.”
Widden uses the natural world for both inspiration and material, creating contemporary artworks using traditional rural skills such as splitting, stripping, and charring of wood. The materials gathered, and the preservation and decomposition of this material, continue to be important in her work, and reflect her preoccupation with the passage of time and the fragility and preciousness of life.
Helen Sergeant, Public Events Co-ordinator at the Palace says “We are delighted to be hosting this exciting new installation. The themes of nature and life fit perfectly with our environment here and visitors can take the chance to be inspired by the artwork and then visit our 14 acres of stunning gardens for the full natural experience.”
The exhibition continues until 15th September and is included with standard admission.