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This exhibition shows my exploration of the image of the mythical forest. The forest in fairy tales and myths is chaotic, pathless and uncut; it is a marginal landscape. Entering it means passing over into another world, where great reversals and transformations are possible. To pass through the forest is to be changed.
In these etchings and lithographs, I explore the wild forest as an internal phenomenon. Images of deep forests growing inside a single small building symbolise the vast collective unconscious which nourishes each individual human being.
As lockdown limited our adventurous roaming, I began to look into this forest inside my mind, investigating the myths and folk tales which tangled with my own psyche. Figures were glimpsed through the trees, not knights but women, moving quietly, at home in the undergrowth. These women are leaving the shelter of home and garden and battling the bony-legged witch with their kind hearts. They are being given impossible tasks. They are weaving shirts out of nettles in silence. They are making and breaking enchantments: they are shapeshifting and dancing with wolves; gathering kindling; and listening to the sound of the wind in the trees.