Meadow Arts

The Exhibition

Tell it to the Trees

11 July 2009 – 15 September 2010
Croft Castle and Parkland, Yarpole, Near Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 9PW

Ancient woodlands, a mysterious picturesque valley, an intimate walled garden and a Gothic Castle are the setting for Tell it to the trees, a year long exhibition of contemporary sculptural installations and paintings at the National Trust’s Croft Castle in Herefordshire, from July 2009.

The National Trust


The Artist

Brass Art

Brass Art is an artist’s collective comprised of Chara Lewis, Kristin Mojsiewicz and Anneke Pettican, three artists based in Manchester, Huddersfield and Glasgow. They have worked together since 1998. Brass Arts had a solo exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2008 and will take part in a major show at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester in 2010.

Witness Tree

Selective laser sintering, nylon prime part
Meadow Arts commission (2009)

Witness Tree was made using the latest body scanning technology and 3D imaging software.  The figures forming the trunk are exact images of the three artists.

In spite of its highly technological, digitized origin, the work is a direct response to the ancient trees found in the grounds of Croft Castle.  The gnarled and fissured texture of the trees’ bark and the elaborate forms of their trunks and branches prompt thoughts of mythical metamorphoses.

Like an unfamiliar tree species brought back from distant lands by avid botanists, the strange new specimen is being ‘grown’ in the controlled and protected environment of a very small glass house (akin to the Victorian Wardian Case) which is itself placed within the sheltered surroundings of Croft’s walled garden.

Rooted and Established

Selective laser sintering, nylon prime part
Meadow Arts commission (2009)

The three miniature figures that compose Rooted and Established stand gracefully on the shelves of the slender Gothic mirrors of the Ante-room, framed by their columns and canopies.

Despite their decorative air of porcelain ornaments, the figurines - like Witness Tree in the walled garden - were also made using the latest body scanning technology and 3D imaging software.  They are the exact images of the three artists.

As if contemplating their own transformation into small trees, they are twisting to glimpse their reflection in the tarnished antique mirrors. Narcissus-like they are rooted in one place, eternally self-regarding and absorbed by their own reflection.

To Suspend the Breath

Glass tubing, red neon
Courtesy of the artists/International 3 (2008)

The red neon tubing of To Suspend the Breath pulsates in the corner of the stable block, requiring our attention like an outdated street sign.

Delineating the structure of an inverted pair of lungs, the double neon tubing throbs between inward and outward breaths.

It also clearly alludes to a tree oscillating between its bare branch and full-leaf form.

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