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 idealization.
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 and culture, of natural landscape 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 recent cultural history they have come to be associated with psychological states relating to the unconscious.
Against this cultural backdrop my work explores the fabricated nature of landscape by making a variety of temporary and non-invasive interventions in the forest, which place the viewer in the gap between reality and fantasy. Creating this space encourages the viewer to re-evaluate the way in which their relationship with the landscape is formed, and the extent to which it is a product of cultural heritage or personal experience.
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 on the forest floor, or using craft materials such as paint and wool. The final images are the culmination of these interventions. The forest becomes a studio, forming a backdrop to contextualize 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.
Ellie Davies (Born 1976) lives in London and works in the woods and forests of the UK. She gained her MA in Photography from London College of Communication in 2008.
A-Galerie Paris is showing her work in Outside, a group show which runs from 29 January 2015 until 21 March. The show will then travel to Art Paris, and later in the year to A.Galerie Brussels.
Stars, a solo exhibition at The Sophie Maree Gallery in The Hague runs from 10 January until 28 February 2015.
Recent solo exhibitions include Into the Woods at The Richard Young Gallery in London, Come with Me at The Print House Gallery in London, Smoke and Mirrors at 10GS London, and Ellie Davies New Landscape at Bruce Collections, Kiev in Ukraine.
She is represented by A.Galerie Paris, Sophie Maree Gallery in The Netherlands, Brucie Collections in Kiev and Art Gemini in Singapore. Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery exhibit her work at London Art Fairs.
Group exhibitions in 2014 include The Art Gemini Prize Exhibition at TriSpace Gallery in London, Uncertain States at Four Corners Gallery in London, and The Open West 2014at The Wilson Gallery in Cheltenham. Forest Stories Touring Exhibition travelled to The Russian Museum Summer Gardens in St. Petersburg, to Krasnodar Central Park, Krasnodar, Russia, and to Illinskii Forest Museum, Perm, Russia. Other exhibitions include Inside Out at PH21 Gallery in Budapest, 100 Trees at Onca Gallery, Brighton, The Arles 2013 Photo Festival in France and at China House in Malaysia. Also, The Noorderlicht 2013 Photofestival in The Netherlands, and the 2012 Singapore International Photo Festival. 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.
Davies was recently awarded First Place in the 2014 Kontinent Awards in the Fine Art Projects Category, First Place in the 2014 Art Gemini Awards, and two Honourable Mentions in the Moscow International Photography Awards 2014. She also received an Honourable Mention from the jurors of Inside Out 2014 at PH21 Gallery in Budapest, and was selected as a finalist in the 2013 London International Creative Competition. She was awarded an Honourable Mention in the Professional Women Photographers International Juried Exhibition 2012. Davies was 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.
She has recently been interviewed for Cercle Magazine France, 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, Blow Magazine, Dodho Magazine, Doc! Magazine, Fraction Magazine’s 50th Issue, Fuzion Magazine, Photo+ Magazine South Korea, Conscientious, Silvershotz, Lens Culture, Art Ukraine, Entitle Magazine, Le Monde Magazine , and The London Independent Photography Selected Artist Showcase. Recent books include WUD: Four Walks in the Fictional 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 published by Thames and Hudson in 2012.
Her work is held in private collections in the UK, the US, Central and Eastern Europe, South Korea, Hong Kong, 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.
ELLIE DAVIES CV
MA Photography, London College of Communication 2008.
Lives and works in London.
Crane Kalman Brighton.
Sophie Maree Gallery The Netherlands.
Art Gemini Singapore.
Sophie Maree Gallery (The Netherlands), 10 January – 28th February.
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.
TriSpace Gallery (London, UK) Art Gemini Prize Exhibition, 23 October - 1 Novemeber.
Embassy Tea Gallery (London, UK) LIP 26th Annual Exhibition, 21 October - 2 November.
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery at Affordable Art Fair Battersea (London, UK), 23 - 26 October.
Vantage Point Gallery (Brighton, UK) The Shot I Never Forgot, 4 October – 2 November.
Four Corners Gallery (London,UK) Uncertain States, 10 - 31 October.
Forest Stories Krasnodar Central Park (Krasnodar, Russia) 19 September - 19 October.
Illinskii Forest Museum (Illinskii, Perm, Russia) Forest Exhibition, 16 September – 16 October.
Sophie Maree Gallery, Kunst Art Fair (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), 4 - 9 June.
Russian Museum Summer Gardens (St Petersburg, Russia), Forest Stories 2014, 15t May - 15 June.
Onca Gallery (Brighton, UK) 100 Trees, 16 June - 6 July.
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 - 5 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.
Art Gemini Awards 2014, First Place, Photography.
Kontinent Awards, First Place Winner, Fine Art Projects Category.
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.
Mull It Over, Interview, May 2014.
F-Stop Magazine, Artist Feature Interview, Issue 64, April 2014.
Urbanuatica Stories Interview No. 6, January 2014.
Two Way Lens, Interviews with Contemporary Photographers, November 2013.
Cercle Magazine, Interview, Issue 1, April 2013.
Dublin Magazine, February 2013.
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
Dodho Magazine, September 2014. http://dodho.com/trees-ellie-davies/
Philosophie Magazin, Germany, October/November, Issue 06, p. 85.
Resurgence and Ecologist, September/October Issue 286, p.54-55.
Guide to Unique Photography – GUP – Feature
Fraction Magazine, Issue 60 – March:
La Republica, Italy:
WUD: Four Walks review in SMBH Mag:
Tijdschrift Ei Magazine, Holland, Issue 27.
Urbanautica feature Another Green World.
New Landscape Photography, April Issue.
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 Walks in the Fictional 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 Cognita, 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, London.