A few weeks ago I visited the Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair: a huge hall filled with galleries from all over the world showcasing their artists. I love art fairs, it’s a fantastic place to discover new talent! One of the galleries, the Sophie Maree Gallery from The Hague, displayed the art of British photographer Ellie Davies. Always attracted to forest pictures I was lured into the booth when I saw one of her photos, only to be amazed when I found out there was so much more to see in the image. Ellie on the subject of her work:
“Our understanding of landscape can be seen as a construction in which layers of meaning that reflect our own cultural preoccupations and anxieties obscure the reality of the land, veiling it, and transforming the natural world into an idealization. (…) These altered landscapes operate on a number of levels. They are a reflection of my personal relationship with the forest, a meditation on universal themes relating to the psyche and call into question the concept of landscape as a social and cultural construct. Most importantly they draw the viewer into the forest space, asking the them to consider how their own identity is shaped by the landscapes they live in.”
Thanks for reading! What do you think of Ellie’s work?