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Spirit of Nature: Jen Davies and Tara Nappin
September 3 @ 10:30 am - September 25 @ 4:30 pmFree
Here Jen and Tara tell us about the inspiration behind their exhibition:
I am Jen Davies – Ethereal Artist. I employ different styles, mediums and subjects. Abstract to figurative, oils or acrylics to mixed media, portraits, landscapes or mindscapes. What is important to me is that I engage emotionally or spiritually and can express this on canvas ,experiencing the joy of losing myself in the process
What inspires me is art that points to some quality that is overlooked, like the rainbow beauty of oil in a puddle, reflections and shadows, the essence of a person, the magic of light energy and imagination, evoking an emotion.
Although my work is an expression for me, if it holds a mirror to a truth or a beauty within you, if it calms you or moves you in any way, then I have achieved my purpose.
It is a real joy to exhibit with Tara who truly works from the heart and having used the healing power of nature, meditation and assimilation art for self-healing, is now sharing her gift with others.
Artist and ex-director of art at Stowe public school, Guy St. John Scott, has likened Tara’s ‘Nature Installations’, to the highly acclaimed Environmental artist and Sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.
Tara has made me aware of the direction I want my art to take and we will be collaborating next year on an ‘Art for Mental Health’ project.
I am Tara Nappin – Nature’s Messenger
My passion for naïve photography came to me by accident, when I sought to calm my mind and find peace through creativity. I am in awe of nature and nature itself is the artwork – I feel I channel rather than create.
My recent work has its roots in my own recovery. Nature is my healer, providing me a safe place to meditate on the infinite variety and beauty it portrays. It allowed me to still my mind and connect to my creative centre. I began a process of gathering tiny flowers, leaves, twigs, snails and stones to form small installations that I photographed. I was bringing these amazing treasures together for peaceful wall art that would connect me back to my feelings of wonder and serenity that I felt through my meditations.
In most of my pieces you will see the circle of life – the snail has left it’s shell, the leaves have fallen from the tree, the installations themselves will turn back into the earth never to be repeated, but there is beauty in a dead leaf and new life will be nourished by it’s decomposition.
Tara Nappin – Nature Installation Photography
My hope is that when you buy one of these pieces, it will help you to feel the peace and joy it has brought me, that you too will notice the wonder that is all around us, connecting you to your own still centre and bringing the magic of nature into your home.
NB: Tara will be donating any profits from the sale of her work to Buckinghamshire MIND.