I have been working in UK forests for the past seven years, making work which explores the complex interrelationship between the landscape and the individual. Our understanding of landscape can be seen as a construction in which layers of meaning that reflect our own cultural preoccupations and anxieties obscure the reality of the land, veiling it, and transforming the natural world into an idealisation. UK forests have been shaped by human processes over thousands of years and include ancient woodlands, timber forestry, wildlife reserves and protected Areas of Outstanding Natural. As such, the forest represents the confluence of nature, culture, and human activity. Forests are potent symbols in folklore, fairy tale and myth, places of enchantment and magic as well as of danger and mystery. In more recent history they have come to be associated with psychological states relating to the unconscious. Against this backdrop my work explores the ways in which identity is formed by the landscapes we live and grow up in. Making a variety of temporary and non-invasive interventions in the forest, my work places the viewer in the gap between reality and fantasy, creating spaces which encourage the viewer to re-evaluate the way in which their own relationship with the landscape is formed, the extent to which it is a product of cultural heritage or personal experience, and how this has been instrumental in their own identity. Throughout my practice small acts of engagement respond to the landscape using a variety of strategies, such as making and building, creating pools of light, suspending smoke within the space, or using craft materials such as paint and pigment. The final images are the culmination of these interventions. The forest becomes a studio, forming a backdrop to contextualise the work, so that each piece draws on its location, a golden tree introduced into a thicket shimmers in the darkness, painted paths snake through the undergrowth, and strands of wool are woven between trees mirroring colours and formal elements within the space. These altered landscapes operate on a number of levels. They are a reflection of my personal relationship with the forest, a meditation on universal themes relating to the psyche and call into question the concept of landscape as a social and cultural construct. Most importantly they draw the viewer into the forest space, asking the them to consider how their own identity is shaped by the landscapes they live in. For further text please view my website www.elliedavies.co.uk BIOGRAPHY Ellie Davies (Born 1976) lives in London and works in the woods and forests of the UK. Her gained her MA in Photography from London College of Communication in 2008. Davies's six recent solo shows included Into the Woods at The Richard Young Gallery, London, Come with Me – New Landscape by Ellie Davies at The Print House Gallery in London, Smoke and Mirrors: Solo Exhibition at 10GS London, and Ellie Davies Solo Exhibition at Bruce Collections, Kiev in Ukraine. In June 2014 she was signed by Sophie Maree Gallery in The Netherlands who exhibited her work at Kunst Art fair in Amsterdam. Her work is represented at various international Art Fairs by Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery. Recent group exhibitions include The Open West 2014 at The Wilson Gallery in Cheltenham, Forest Stories in The Russian Museum Summer Gardens in St. Petersburg, Inside Out at PH21 Gallery in Budapest, 100 Trees at Onca Gallery, Brighton, The Arles 2013 Photo Festival in France, The Noorderlicht 2013 Photofestival in The Netherlands, and the 2012 Singapore International Photo Festival, with touring exhibitions in 2013. In late 2012 the Open to Interpretation: Intimate Landscape Exhibition toured the USA including Gordon Parks Gallery, St Paul, Minneapolis, and Newspace Centre for Photography, Portland, Oregon. She has recently been interviewed for F-Stop, Mull It Over, Urbanautica Photo Stories, Two Way Lens, Fraction Magazine, and It’s Nice That. She has been featured in Interior Design USA, Fraction Magazine’s 50th Issue, Cercle Magazine-France, Fuzion Magazine, Photo+ Magazine-South Korea, Conscientious, Silvershotz, Lens Culture, Art Ukraine, Mull It Over, Entitle Magazine, Urbanautica, F-Stop Magazine, Le Monde Magazine , and The London Independent Photography Selected Artist Showcase. Recent books include WUD: Four Fictional Walks in the Woods, a limited-edition hardcover Photobook published by Tangerine Press in December 2012. Also, Open To Interpretation: Intimate Landscapes – Published October 2012, and Behind the Image By Natasha Caruana and Anna Fox, 2012. Davies was selected as a finalist in the 2013 London International Creative Competition and was awarded an Honourable Mention in the Professional Women Photographers International Juried Exhibition 2012, and an Honourable Mention by the jurors of Inside Out 2014 at PH21 Budapest. She was also selected for the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2010, and received 1st Place in the Fine Art Landscape category of the 2010 PX3 Paris Photo Prize, The Exeter Phoenix 2010 Audience Choice Award, ArtSlant Showcase Juried Winner in 2010 and 2011, and Commended in the LPA Landscape Awards 2010. Her work is held in private collections in the UK, the US, Central and Eastern Europe, South Korea, Russia and The United Arab Emirates. WUD: Four Fictional Walks in the Woods has been added to the collections of the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Library Project Bookshop, Dublin, The Glasgow School of Art Library, and is stocked in Foyles London. read full statement
ELLIE DAVIES CV
MA Photography, London College of Communication 2008.
Lives and works in London.
Richard Young Gallery (London, UK): Into the Woods, Solo Exhibition, 5 Oct - 17 Nov.
Print House Gallery (London, UK): Come with Me - New Landscape, 21 Oct - 27 Nov.
Lbi Gallery (London, UK): New Landscape, 7 Sept - 14 Oct.
10 GS Gallery (London, UK): Smoke and Mirrors: Solo Exhibition, 12 May - 5 Sept.
Bayeux Imaging (London, UK): Ellie Davies at Bayeux Imaging, 5 May - 5 June.
Brucie Collections (Kiev, Ukraine): Ellie Davies Solo Exhibition, 16 March - 2 May.
Sophie Maree Gallery, Kunst Art Fair (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), 4 – 9 June.
The Russian Museum Summer Gardens (St Petersburg, Russia), Forest Stories 2014, 15t May – TBC.
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery at Hampstead Affordable Art Fair (London, UK), 12-15 June.
PH21 Gallery, (Budapest, Hungary), Inside Out, 1-21 May.
The Wilson Gallery (Cheltenham, UK): The Open West 2014, 3 May – 1 June.
Crane Kalman Gallery at Art 14 (London, UK), 28 February – 5t March.
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery at London Art Fair (London, UK), 21-25 January.
Forest Stories Autumn (Moscow, Russia): Forest Stories Exhibition, Patriarshie Prudy, 20 Sept - 20 Oct 2013. Curator Irina Zhuravleva, Partners: WWF, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council*) and Tetra Pak Russia, and Art Project FOREST*.
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery at Affordable Art Fair Battersea (London, UK), 13 - 16 October.
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery at Affordable Art Fair Hampsread (London, UK), 13 - 16 June.
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery at Affordable Art Fair Islington (London, UK), 16 - 20 Jan.
China House Gallery (Penang, Malaysia): Le Rencontres d’Arles, ‘An Eye for an Ear’, 28 March - 17 April.
Art Science Museum (Singapore, Malaysia): 3rd Singapore International Photo Festival, 10 Oct - 29 Nov.
Noorderlicht Terra Cognita Photofestival (JB Groningen, The Netherlands): 2 Sept - 7 Oct.
Gallery Huit (Arles, France) ): Le Rencontres d’Arles, ‘An Eye for an Ear’, 2 July - 23 Sept.
Griffin Gallery (London, UK): Matt Roberts Gallery Photo Open 2012, 6 - 28 Dec.
Matt Roberts Gallery (London, UK): Matt Roberts Gallery Photo Open, 12 Oct - 3 Nov.
Forest Stories Autumn (Moscow, Russia): Forest Stories Exhibition, Chistoprudniy Boulevard, 9 Aug - 9 Sept 2012. Curator: Irina Zhuravleva, Partners: WWF and FSC, Russia; FSC (Forest Stewardship Council®), Russia; Art project FOREST®.
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery (London, UK): Artwork for Interiors, 21 June.
Professional Women Photographers Online Exhibition: March 1 - August 31.
Gordon Parks Gallery (St Paul, MN, USA): Open To Interpretation: Intimate Landscape, 15 November.
Hotshot Gallery (London, UK): Nine-Point Perspective: Ways of Seeing, 12 - 30 Aug.
The Edge Sculpture Trail Installation (Dartmoor, UK), 3 - 25 Sept.
Hoxton Art Gallery (London, UK): Symbiosis, 19 May - 17 June.
Khmu Museum of Modern Art (Tallinn, Estonia): 15th Print Triennial, Jan 20 - 8 May.
Lens Culture International Exposure Awards: 31 Contemporary Photographers:
Specs Gallery (Paris, France): Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, 24 Sept - 2 Oct 2011.
VII Dumbo (New York, USA): Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, 14th - 2nd Sept.
Gallery 291 (San Francisco, USA): Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, April 28 - 2 May.
Matt Roberts Gallery (London, UK): Matt Roberts Gallery Photo Open, 3 - 26 Feb.
The New Forest Gallery (Lyndhurst: UK): Light and Landscape, 27 Nov 2010 - 2 Jan.
Proud Gallery Central (London, UK): LIP 22ndAnnual Exhibition, 20 - 31 Oct.
BlueDog Gallery (Brighton, UK): In Site, 3 - 31 Oct.
Phoenix Gallery (Exeter, UK): Exeter Contemporary Open 2010, 16 Sept - 3 Nov.
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery (Brighton, UK): Foto8 Summer Show, 11 - 29 Sept.
Host Gallery (London, UK): Foto8 Summer Show, 26 July - 4 Sept.
Photofusion (London, UK): Sight, Unseen, 9 April - 25 May.
ArtSway Gallery (New Forest, UK): ArtSway Open 09.
Old Truman Brewery (London, UK): Photomonth Open 09.
Four Corners Gallery (London, UK): Salon 09.
East End Arts Club (London, UK): ‘I Always Knew You’d Come Back..’.
New Brewery Arts (Cirencester, UK): Crossings.
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery (Brighton, UK): New Landscape.
Bedfordbury Gallery (London, UK): Beautiful Landscapes.
Format Photo Festival 09 (Derby, UK): ‘I always knew you'd come back..’.
Oblong Gallery, (London, UK): Hanging On.
Oblong Gallery, (London, UK): For One Night Only.
Four Corners Gallery (London, UK): Circles of Latitude, a Photomonth Group Show.
PH21 Gallery, Inside Out Jurors Selection – Honourable Mention.
London International Creative Competition 2013 Winner.
Critical Mass 2012 Finalist.
Professional Women Photographers International Juried Exhibition: Honourable Mention.
ArtSlant Showcase Juried Winner, Round 4. 2011.
Lens Culture International Exposure Awards: Honourable Mention.
Exeter Phoenix Audience Choice Award.
PX3 Paris Photo Prize – 1st Prize Winner Fine Art Landscape.
International Photography Awards: 1st Place Nature-Landscape Pro Award.
LPA Landscape Awards 2010: Commended.
ArtSlant Showcase Juried Winner 2010.
The Charmin Adams Award.
New Brewery Arts Open Public Choice Award.
International Photography Awards 2009 - Official Selection Honourable Mention.
PX3 Paris Photo Prize – Fine Art Series Honourable Mention.
Short-listed for New Contemporaries 2009.
Critical Mass 2008 Finalist.
New York Photo Awards: Honourable Mention - Personal Fine Art Series.
PX3 Paris Photo Prize - 3 Fine Art Honourable Mentions.
BOOKS, PUBLICATIONS AND INTERVIEWS
Mull It Over, Interview, May.
Guide to Unique Photography – GUP – Feature
F-Stop Magazine, Artist Feature Interview, Issue 64, April
Fraction Magazine, Issue 60 – March:
La Republica, Italy:
WUD: Four Walks review in SMBH Mag:
Urbanuatica Stories Interview No. 6, January.
Two Way Lens, Interviews with Contemporary Photographers, November.
Tijdschrift Ei Magazine, Holland, Issue 27.
Urbanautica feature Another Green World.
F-Stop Magazine Issue 59, True/False, June-July.
Fraction Magazine 50th Issue, 50 Photographers, May.
It’s Nice That, review of Cercle Magazine Artists, April:
Cercle Magazine, France, April.
Velour Magazine, July.
Flip Magazine, Issue 24.
The Shot I Never Forgot, Our World My Eye, Sept.
Dazed and Confused, Photobook of the Month, May.
Interior Design Magazine, USA, Jan.
Tricycle Magazine, USA, Vol 22, No.3, Spring Issue.
F-Stop Magazine Issue 56, The Landscape Issue, Dec 2012/ Jan.
WUD: Four Fictional Walks in the Woods. Hardcover Photobook, Tangerine Press.
SNOB Magazine, Russia, Dec Issue 2.
Interior Design Magazine, USA, Oct.
Cent Magazine, Oct.
Notes from the Underground, Interview, June.
Vantage Magazine, Oct.
Absolutely Magazine, Oct.
Noorderlicht Terra Cognisa, Published by Noorderlicht, Sept.
Arles Photography Open Salon Publication 2012 ‘An Eye for an Ear’ – Hearing Nature
Crated by Vanja Karas. Published October 2012 by UBYU Books.
Philosophie Magazine, Issue 60, June 2012, p.46, France.
F-Stop Magazine Issue 53, Series Photography Issue and Group Exhibition, June – July
Entitle Magazine, Issue 2, June.
Open To Interpretation: Intimate Landscapes – Published Taylor and O’Neill, USA.
F-Stop Magazine Issue 53, Series Photography Issue and Group Exhibition, June.
Fuzion Magazine, Issue 5, Spring 2012, P 24 – 33, UK.
Photo+ Magazine, Issue 24, April 2012, p 51 – 56, South Korea.
Behind the Image By Natasha Caruana and Anna Fox. Thames and Hudson.
Tree Magazine Photo Essay by Chris Stocks – September Issue 2011, p. 16 – 19, UK.
TimeOut Exhibition Coverage 11 – 17 Aug, p. 52, UK.
London Independent Photographers Annual Exhibition Publication.
Le Monde Magazine, 23rd Oct, p. 38 - 39, France.
Tallinn XV Graafikatriennaal - For Love Not Money, Estonia.
Evolver Magazine, November/December Issue, p.3, UK.
31 Contemporary Photographers - Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, UK.
London Independent Photography 20th Annual Exhibition Publication Cover 2010, UK.
London Independent Photography Publication 21st Anniversary Ed - Spring 09, UK.
‘I always knew you'd come back…’ - a Latitude Photographers Publication, UK.
‘I always knew you'd come back…’ Volume 2 - a Latitude Publication, UK.
Interview by Shutterspark 20th September, UK.
Bulletin Fotograficzny Magazine, (London Photomonth), Poland, Nov 09.
New York Photo Awards 2008 Annual, USA.
London Independent Photography 20th Annual Exhibition Publication 2008, UK.
Sight, Unseen, Photofusion Gallery, London - In conversation with Lucy Soutter, 28.05.10.
In Site, In Site Gallery, Brighton - In conversation with Graham Hume, 21.10.10.
Held by private collections in the UK, the US, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and South Korea. ‘WUD: Four Fictional Walks in the Woods’ is held by the National Art Library at the V and A Museum, London and Glasgow School of Art Library and is stocked by Foyles London. Also, the Royal Brompton Hospital.