We are a garden walled around
Award-winning Photographer Beth Atkinson presents a collection of new work, research and experiments exploring repetition, religion and song, in a solo exhibition, 'We are a garden walled around'.
In 2013, Beth won first prize in our Contemporary Photography Now open exhibition, and has this year been invited back to produce new works:
“Paradise is a walled enclosure; a home and refuge. There’s no time, just an endless loop of repeating songs, words and actions. Is meaning lost the more it is repeated or is it made stronger?”
In her practice Beth explores what Paul Auster calls ‘rhyming’ in the world. Through connections in the landscape, people, in stories and in song we find looping, repeating and rhyming with each other. These narrative structures are self-contained, self-serving and closed off; myths and stories are presented as facts. What results is an excess; an over production of meaning.
Although Beth works primarily with large format photography, her recent work has integrated field recordings of folk song, writing and video.
She has exhibited internationally, including shows across the UK, Ireland, Russia, Canada and the USA, with prizes and commissions include the Villiers David Award, the Flint House Commission and a recent project with Art on the Underground. We welcome her back to Surface and Nottingham in her solo show this November.
Private View Friday 14th November, 18.00-20.00
Exhibition continues 15th -22nd November 2014