ARTIST: Bronwen Coe
I have a background in music and plants. I moved to the West Country in the ’90’s where I trained and practised as a homeopath – combining a complimentary trio of plants, painting and people! I am an inveterate gardener and plantswoman, and for more than three decades have painted, photographed and written. My work has been widely exhibited in the South of England.
My passion has always been to explore the hidden and mystical qualities of nature bringing into relationship both general, particular, material, and symbolic subjects. I like to delve behind the structures of the natural world in order to present some kind of intimation of visible and invisible worlds. These ideas are represented in two very different ways in this exhibition:
1) In work which I loosely call ‘de-constructed stained glass pieces’ – I combine a printing technique with coloured pencils, pastel, collage and the odd touch of watercolour and gouache. These works are not intended to be ‘religious’,but rather allegorical, metaphorical and symbolic, exploring universal themes. Make of them what you will!
2) A video ‘Passing along time’ – a very new departure from my painting – has been made from a library of some 7000 scanned images that I have been compiling for the last few years. I have been thrilled and inspired by the extraordinary beauty, intricacy and complexity of the plants that inhabit our gardens and hedgerows. For some time I was simply passionately absorbed in the process of accessing, selection, placing, scanning and editing. But I began to feel that such ‘revelations’ as I was being privy to should be put into some kind of format that could be shared. Most importantly I want to expose the plants mysterious, wondrous and irrefutably beautiful interiors: jewels of botanical alchemy; other-worldly images to astonish, soothe and inspire. I have made a number of these films, showing at A La Ronde, the National Trust property in Devon, and Somerset Art Weeks. I was surprised and delighted that they were received with great enthusiasm.
From 11th. August the exhibition will have the addition of my most recent ‘photographic’ pieces. They explore the man made in relationship with the plant world: a variation on still life, in which an atmosphere is created, and in which in some cases there is the suggestion of an unknown story to which the viewer is invited to engage.