Solo Exhibition by Gill Ayre at Mill Green Museum

Written by Alex McIntyre

On August 6, 2014

Tracery 2 (2)In Contemplation of Trees

A Solo Exhibition by Gill Ayre

Sunday 17th August – Sunday 14th September

Private View Tuesday 19th August 7 – 9pm

Mill Green Museum

Bush Hall Lane, Mill Green, Hatfield, AL9 5PD

(open Tuesday—Thursday 10am—5pm, and Sunday 2pm—5pm)

We are fortunate to be in a county where we are surrounded by woodlands and copses, which break up the fields and farmland around us, and this landscape has seeped into and influenced the direction of Gill’s recent work.

Gill has used a variety of mediums, methods, formats, sizes and scales, including mono printing, lino prints, acrylics and oils to explore this landscape, each medium or method eliciting its own unique creative response, one leading to another.

On the surface, her work responds to the physicality of trees, their varying characters and shapes, the tracery of branches silhouetted against the sky. However she has also become fascinated with the myths and legends relating to trees, and their resonance on an emotional level. Trees are both rooted in a place, yet reach for the heavens. Forests and woods provide shelter and refuge, but can also be mysterious, sometimes threatening places, and perhaps magical, even sacred.

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