About the exhibition
“Green|Blue” is a series of black & white images of ‘trees’. The work is derived from Environment Agency data on land at risk of flooding from rivers and the sea, separating out 21 river catchments around the South coast from the Sussex Ouse to the Bristol Avon.
The view from above has become normalised. Google Maps and OS Maps, city centre plans and ‘you are here’ stickers on the boards at local nature reserves, give the impression of omniscience and omnipotence. The very notion of ‘flood risk’ calls both our knowledge and power into question in the face of uncertainty and the force of nature. What seems to be the most solid and robust is in reality the most fragile and vulnerable. Changing the perspective, looking slant, confers a new understanding and humility.
About the artist
Clare Bryden is an artist, writer and website developer based in Exeter.
Her interests are in how human beings affect and are affected by the natural world of which we are part, and the related theology and psychology of connectedness. Her creative practice springs from her desire to communicate environmental and social issues, her need for hope and energy in keeping on keeping on, and her habit of making connections.
She typically works in conceptual visual art, synthesising information, textile, and representational environmental art, with a strong element of playfulness. Her art often appears in the public realm, in collaborative projects and exhibitions, and pop-up installations as part of other events.
Clare’s background is in science, economics, energy and environment, including employment at Cambridge Econometrics and the Met Office. She is a resident at Kaleider in Exeter, and a member of the art.earth network. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, and Storyteller on the organising team of TEDxExeter. All is grist to her mill.
Sunday 28th May until Sunday 4th June in the Chapter House
Access to the exhibition is via the main entrance and then via the South Transept. Level access is available – please see a member of staff for more information.
Entry to the exhibition is included in the admission charge.
Sunday 29th May: 13.00-16.30
Monday to Friday*: 09.30-16.30
Sunday 4th June: 11.30-16.00
*on Thursday 1st June the exhibition will be closed between 11.30 and 14.00