Tolkien understood both the reality and fantasy of the landscape. It is a place of literal natural complexity and a place of figurative imaginative complexity; the creative possibilities of a natural landscape are infinite. The works in his book, the short story Leaf by Niggle
and the essay On Fairy-Stories
explore this juxtaposition and offer ideal inspiration for this exhibit.
Tree and Leaf includes works by artists Ayesha Tan Jones
, Luke Silva
and Tyra Tingleff
explores ideas about the natural world in contemporary art. Viewing art through the lens of the landscape can create new myths, new fantasies and a new perception of nature. In an age of ecological crisis, the natural landscape has never been more important to the creative landscape. Tree and Leaf
encapsulates this perfectly.