Between the Trees – Artist’s Statement ‘A forest is what exists between its trees, between its dense undergrowth and its clearings, between all its life cycles and their different time-scales…A forest is a meeting place between those who enter it and something unnameable and attendant… Something intangible and within touching distance. Neither silent nor audible’. John Berger, 2007. What is a forest? Is it the trees or is it the space that exists between them? Between the Trees explores the nature and meaning of ‘Forest’ by considering the experience of standing alone inside the woods; the eerie and captivating sensation that time has slowed down and that the forest and everything within it exists in a different state from everything outside, somehow set apart from our usual perception of linear time. The wind drops, the air cools, all is quiet and still and the forest envelops us. To enter this other realm is to accept a slowing of time and a shift in perception. Swirling, hanging and drifting smoke allows us to observe not only time moving at an almost imperceptible pace, but also to focus on the interior space that is very much part of ‘the forest’, guiding the eye away from the trees and allowing it to linger on this ‘betweenness’. Suspended and still, the smoke fills the spaces between the trees, and reflects our physical experience of these places: the palpable and brooding cognisance of the forest, the muffled and flattened sound, the prickling sense of heightened awareness. The ethereal mist fills the gaps to show the spaces between, as if we can slip through and escape the bounds of time. John Berger in - ‘Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival and Resistance’, p.135-140 Verso, 2007.
BIOGRAPHY Ellie Davies currently lives and works in London. She gained an MA in Photography at London College of Communication. Her work has been exhibited in the UK and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Sight, Unseen at Photofusion Gallery, London, ArtSway Open 09 at ArtSway Gallery, New Forest, Salon 09 at Four Corners Gallery, London, Out of Space at Photospace Gallery, London, Photomonth Open 09 at The Old Truman Brewery, London, Crossings at New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, New Visionaries 09 â?? New York Photo Awards at The Tobacco Warehouse, New York, New Landscape at Crane Kalman Gallery, Brighton, and Beautiful Landscapes at The Bedfordbury Gallery, London. Forthcoming Exhibitions include Boom Come the Houses, Bust comes the Art at The Reclamation Gallery in Dayton, Ohio from1st June 2010, Brighton Biennial at BlueDog Gallery, Brighton 3rd â?? 3oth October 2010, and Light and Landscape at The New Forest Gallery, New Forest from 27th Nov 2010. She has recently been awarded The New Brewery Arts Open Public Choice Award 2009, The Charmain Adams Award 2009, The International Photography Awards 2009 - Official Selection, The Paris Photo Prize 2009: Honourable mention, The New York Photo Awards 2008: Honourable Mention. Her work has recently been published in The London Independent Photography Magazine: Summer 09 â?? interview and cover image, and her work is featured in their online Artist Showcase. She was selected as Jotta Featured Artist and Axis Curatorâ??s Choice in May 09, and her work is currently represented by Murmur Art, London. www.elliedavies.co.uk