Photo Credit: Charles Patey
A claustrophobic interior forest of Jacobean-fret columns fills the small front room of Elastic Residence. Laser cut from plywood they syncopate the space into a dynamic maze, a flat-packed English Alhambra. They increase in density as you move into the room till it is hard to squeeze through. Dead Birch saplings begin to sprout in between them gradually transforming the back of the room into a forest. A floor to ceiling trellis and chicken wire barrier spans the space and blocks your passage to the rear of the room. Peering through this screen reveals only a thick chiaroscuro tangle of branches and brambles. Tattered shreds of net curtain fringe its perimeter and from beyond it a furtive cracking of twigs can be heard. This exhibition places highly ornate architectural elements within a 'natural' landscape - or is it the other way round?...this exhibition inverts an unnatural landscape within a small room in a 1770's Georgian house in Whitechapel, East London. This inversion reflects a wider concern in Nelson's practice a concern with the relationship between notions of the sublime and the personal or the oppositional dualism of nature as variously earthly paradise or dangerous wilderness.
240cm x 500cm x 400cm
laser-cut plywood, branches, net curtain