A crab apple tree, a secret garden, and the rivers and parks of London are all part of Middlesex University’s postgraduate Fine Art show, titled ‘Breeze’.
The artistic students have used a combination of video, painting, sound, installation and photography, to create the artwork, with nature as a common theme running throughout.
Visitors to the public exhibition in the Mile End Art Pavilion in east London are greeted by a crab apple tree – a symbol of the 1888 ‘match-girls’ strike, which took place at the Bryant and May factory in the area. Once the show finishes the tree will be donated to the local park.
Student Cassandra Marshall developed a sound installation based under the ancient oak tree in the Michendon gardens of Southgate Green, north London. Her work allows visitors to be transformed into the garden, experiencing the sounds and feel of the ‘secret garden’.
Cassandra, who is originally from Southgate, said: “I’ve tried to recreate a garden within a gallery space. It’s based on the Michendon gardens in Southgate, nicknamed the secret garden by the local kids. This is one of many places which we don’t necessarily think about the historical purpose behind, people can easily just walk past and don’t even know it’s there.”
Students on the MA Fine Art course bring together creativity from around the world, from north London to South America, through fine art student Alejandra Rojas Contreras, from Chile. She said: “Middlesex is very good because there is plenty of freedom in what I can do with my work. The artwork I have on display here shows the rivers and parks of London, I wanted to create something which is very relaxed and calm. It is inspired by my arrival in London – a city which I have found to be very welcoming.”
Collaboration with the University’s engineering and information sciences school has seen student Ashley Wheat develop QR codes, so visitors to the exhibition can use their smart phone to find out more information on the artwork.
Middlesex University postgraduate Fine Art course leader Keith Piper said: “This is an interesting model for crossover between schools. I’m excited about this and how it can be developed in the future.”
The exhibition, at Mile End Art Pavilion E3 4QY, is open until 10 March daily from 12-6pm.
Image: Secret Garden by Cassandra Marshall