This body of work explores the artit’s own relationship to the landscape; its role in defining personal identity, and the notion that all perceptions of nature are in some way mediated by our culture. If all natural spaces are utilized, shaped, managed and farmed by men, ca we ever access to the natural world on its own terms?
The pathways series is made in the New Forest. The introduction of artificial materials to the woodland floor reflects the ‘constructed’ nature of landscapes, with particular reference to the long tradition of landscape painting and its role in the creation of meaning myth making.
“Come With Me” is the invitation of Ellie Davies to “get lost” in the surrounding natural world through her lens, through her vision, in which colors and light come together graciously without contaminating the forest’s landscape. In this fascinating photographic journey, the New Forest becomes the narrative framework of a story about the relationship between man and nature, real and imaginary. The viewer seems to be guided by some invisible character through a mysterious path made of craft materials such as paint, powder, wool and paper following the most natural lines of movement trough the space.
from the artist’s statement