August 2010


Patriothall Galleries

Opening Hours: 12-4 Tues- Sat 

8th -28th August 2010


"Although each artist speaks of a passion for nature, and a concern for the environment, the work is visually and technically diverse with a rich vein of the unexpected. Most of the works seen here are specially created for this exhibition, and offer challenging and new approaches to subject matter and technique. Many media are harnessed throughout the show, including installation, photography, tapestry, cast forms, and time-lapse filming."


The exhibition Decay has come about through the various collective experiences of the four participating artists from The Netherlands, and the UK. Although each artist speaks of a passion for nature - and a concern for the environment - the work is visually and technically diverse with a rich vein of the unexpected. All of the artists have worked nationally and internationally for many years and each has a high standard of presentation and skill. Although potentially challenging and difficult subject matter is tackled here, it has been done with a light touch, and an aesthetic appeal.

Mels Dees was trained as an architect, and many of his pieces take man’s constructions - at times wonderful, sometimes arrogant and often rather ridiculous - as a starting point. In a recent series of installations he investigates the nature of disasters and catastrophes. Dees is also exhibiting a time-lapsed film of a parking lot being steadily reclaimed by a devouring forest.

Mariëlle van der Bergh, fascinated by mosses and lichens, spent time at the Audax Textile Museum in Tilberg, Netherlands to create these extraordinary digitally produced tapestries. Using sophisticated software to interpret digital images, and textured yarns to recreate their organic nature, van der Bergh’s subject matter is far from the expected. Indeed, her picturesque natural phenomena become symbols of the way death and life are intertwined.

Kevin Dagg’s giant doll uses the ancient hand-crafted process of wood carving. Bringing the traditional technique sharply up to date in his installation, Dagg presents us with an oversized and therefore rather threatening image of the baby doll. Carved with his own daughter in mind, Dagg transforms this mass produced toy into something entirely different. Dagg recently won the SSA Prize at the SSA Open 2010 for his piece Stress Position, CMYK.

Natalie Taylor, obsessed with hidden natural phenomena such as the germination of seeds, presents her ideas in various media. Her series Green Fingers, Green Potatoes was inspired by a visit to the Scottish Crop Research Institute. Using ancient varieties of non-commercially available potatoes, these acrylic casts combine potato sprouts with human digits to uncanny effect. Equally unsettling is her short time-lapse film  Food which shows an image of a pregnant woman’s body cast into soil, slowly sprouting shoots and leaves over several weeks.