A new audio-visual installation by Rye-based artist Anny Evason combines sound and large-scale artworks to evoke a powerful sense of nature and to challenge our common perception of gardens and outside spaces.
The piece, A Garden Enclosed – Lines of Exploration, is the result of a collaboration between Evason and Jamie Griffiths, a digital media artist, who is providing the soundtrack. It is being unveiled at a private viewing on Thursday 11 April at 5.30pm at The School Creative Centre in Rye, after which it will be open to the public daily from 10am – 5pm until 14 April.
A Garden Enclosed – Lines of Exploration combines many of the skills and ideas that Evason has acquired through working in theatre and landscape design. The work takes the form of a series of large-scale graphic images, suspended in space and integrated with an original sound piece. Viewers will have the freedom to move through the images, seeing one juxtaposed with another, rather than seeing them in succession on a wall.
“Receiving funding from the arts council last year has enabled me to develop this project over the past few months,” Evason explains. “Research has been quite broad based, covering early medieval gardens, the history of wild wood and ancient forest in Europe, the human impact on woodland habitats and the resulting reduction in bird numbers and species.
“I am fascinated by the changing natural soundscape of rural areas throughout the world, the nature of nightingales, fairy stories and mythology associated with forests and woodland communities, the chestnut woods of France and the music of Purcell and Messiaen.
“The sound will be a powerful part of the work. Jamie’s past record is impressive and I know that she will bring a dynamic and unique quality to the piece. The School has been instrumental in arriving at this point. It is a terrific opportunity to be able to plan and create work for an onsite space and to have the back-up of the School team to help with administration, organisation and encouragement. It is a great local resource.”
In conjunction with the installation, Evason will be running two half-day workshops at The Towner Gallery, Eastbourne and The School Creative Centre, Rye for anyone interested in creating drawings from the landscape, using traditional materials and iPads. Details of these can be found at http://www.annyevason.co.uk
For more information about the exhibition and workshops, visit
A GARDEN ENCLOSED – lines of exploration
An audio visual installation created by Anny Evason + Jamie Griffiths
Private view Thursday April 11th 5.30 – 8.30pm
Open Friday 12th April – Sunday 14th April 2013 10am-5pm (free admission)
at The School Creative Centre Rye East Sussex
Notes to Editor:
Images : A GARDEN ENCLOSED – lines of exploration : work in progress, taken in Evason’s studio at The School Creative Centre, Rye – further images and background to the work as it develops can be found at http://www.annyevason.wordpress.com
After graduating in fine art at Brighton College of Art, Evason moved to Australia and spent thirteen years travelling, painting and drawing and working in theatre. She designed and painted sets and costumes for several theatre companies in Sydney including Nimrod Theatre Co. and The Australian Opera. She continued designing for the theatre in the UK (including Gylndebourne Young Vic, Royal National Theatre, Glyndebourne Opera, Old Vic and Opera North) while also selling her work to private and corporate clients. Since 2000 she has been designing outside spaces, private and public, teaching, and developing her thoughts about landscape through painting and drawing.
Evason was shortlisted for the Oldie British Artist Award in 2012
MLA (MA Landscape Architecture) University of Greenwich 2004
BA Hons. Open University 2000
BA Fine Art Painting Brighton College of Art 1974
Foundation Shrewsbury School of Art 1970