The weekend is almost upon us, and what better way to spend it than to travel down to St Leonards on Sea in East Sussex to check out this beautiful photography exhibition by Lisa Creagh, which is currently on show at Lucy Bell Fine Art.
Creagh's images are inspired by ancient Persian tapestries and carpets, though she brings these references firmly up to date by using digital technology to create her own 'photographic carpets'. “Using the idea of the 'instant garden', created when a richly floral carpet was thrown to the ground in ancient Persia, I create a new kind of garden using composite images of industrially grown flowers,” she says. “The result is a product of a slow, ponderous process of assembling pieces. The soft lighting, reminiscent of Dutch Still Life paintings, is used to enhance a sense of distance and deep space as the 'real' flower is converted through software into the flower symbol found in many ancient decorative arts.”
“The Instant Garden is an attempt to bridge the handmade elements of highly detailed and painstakingly constructed crafts (needlework, lace-making, quilts, crochet etc) with the techniques of digital manipulation and construction that have emerged with new 21st century photographic software.”
The Instant Garden will be at Lucy Bell Fine Art until June 30. More info is at lucy-bell.com.
All images are copyright protected (c) Lisa Creagh, UK
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