Phoenix Art Space
2 - 24 November
Preview - Friday 1 November, 18.00 - 20.00
Open every day - enter via the Cafe when the Main Entrance is closed.
Tania Rutland’s fascination with the way in which generations of human activity has, down the years, shaped the landscape of the countryside of both East Sussex and West Sussex is clearly visible in her work. She is drawn to what is left behind through the consequence of human presence.
In this ‘humanised countryside’ Tania’s work captures through the various patterns and repetitions of tracks and paths, the kind that cut through a field or hill. She is drawn to the detritus abandoned by human enterprise; the disused paths, broken fences, desire lines that have slowly formed over time, maybe over hundreds of years either by animal grazing or the movement of people through the landscape.
Two particular places of interest which have inspired and informed her recent work are Mount Caburn, in East Sussex and Cissbury Ring, in West Sussex. Both have a rich history and a strong connection to different communities; Mount Caburn stretching back to the iron age, while Cissbury Ring was once an area occupied by neolithic flint miners.
The constant flux of weather, movement of people in different shapes and guises over several thousands years have shaped and formed these landscapes. This exhibition of Tania’s work - etchings and drawings, will draw the discerning eye to connect the past with the present.
Window Gallery is a window into art made by Phoenix studio artists. It’s a space where they can show finished work, explore new ideas, and present work in progress.