Rosie Hermon is one of the curators behind diep~haven. She talks to Phoenix about the cross-channel festival, the slight deviation in this year’s theme, and the peculiar magic that happens when artists immerse themselves in the natural world.
“Since the festival began in 2014, there has always been a strong connection to the Channel and artworks that respond to the marine link. This year, with Terra Firma as our theme, we’re turning our attention back to the land,” Rosie explains.
“The festival takes place across this expanded cross-channel territory in East Sussex and Normandy, which is essentially one land that has been pulled apart over time. There are a lot of similarities in the landscapes, the flora and fauna in each location. The differences come in when you look at how each country deals with its land. Think of the stereotypical French formal garden like Versailles, in contrast to the more wild, landscape garden familiar from the English countryside”.
Entangle showcases work made by artists who have been in residence in various locations between England and France, including Chateau de Bosmelet in Normandy and Sheffield Park alongside other new and existing works.
“At the beginning of this project, we did a lot of research into artists who work with nature in quite a scientific way. On the other hand, it has been fascinating to see how, for some of the artists that we have been working with, the approach and the evolution of the work has taken a much more poetic turn. Perhaps it’s something to do with the process of working in gardens that produces such reflective and personal responses. It’s a psychological entanglement.”
Witness this psychic entanglement for yourself in our North Gallery, where Entangle will run until 19 August, as part of this year’s diep~haven festival.