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.
This year A. Galerie Paris showed her work in Outside, a group show which ran from 29 January until 21 March. Outside then travelled to Art Paris in March and on to A.Galerie Brussels where it will be exhibited throughout April and May 2015.
Davies' most recent solo exhibition Stars ran at The Sophie Maree Gallery in The Hague from 10 January until 28 February 2015.
Crane Kalman Gallery Brighton will take her work to Photo London Art Fair at Somerset House from 21 to 24 May 2015.
Other 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 2014 at 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 Top 50 in the Barcelona International Photography Festival, 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 Awards2010, 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.
Brucie Collections, Kiev.
Sophie Maree Gallery, The Netherlands.
Art Gemini, Singapore.
Sophie Maree Gallery (The Netherlands) Stars, 10 January – 28 February 2015
Richard Young Gallery (London, UK): Into the Woods, 5 Oct - 17 Nov 2012
Print House Gallery (London, UK): Come with Me, 21 Oct - 27 Nov 2011
Lbi Gallery (London, UK): New Landscape, 7 Sept - 14 Oct 2011
10 GS Gallery (London, UK): Smoke and Mirrors, 12 May - 5 Sept 2011
Bayeux Imaging (London, UK): Ellie Davies at Bayeux Imaging, 5 May - 5 June 2011
Brucie Collections (Kiev, Ukraine): Ellie Davies New Landscape, 16 March - 2 May 2011
University of New Mexico Art Museum (Albuquerque, USA) Fraction of a Second, 5 June – 8 August 2015
A.Galerie (Brussels, Belgium) Outside, 2 April – 30 May 2015
Valid Foto BCN Gallery (Barcelona, Spain) Barcelona International Photography Awards Top 50, April – May 2015
Photo London Art Fair (London, UK) Somerset House, Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery, 21 – 24 May 2015
A.Galerie (Paris, France) Art Paris, 26 - 29 March 2015
A.Galerie (Paris, France) Outside, 26 January - 21 March 2015
Crane Kalman Gallery (London, UK) London Art Fair, 21 -25 January 2015
Sophie Maree Gallery (The Hague, The Netherlands) Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair, 4 - 8 February 2015
Art Gemini (Singapore) Singapore Art Fair, Stand D10, 27 - 30 November 2014
Merlin Gallery (Singapore) Sneak Preview for Singapore Art Fair with Art Gemini, 22 - 23 November 2014
Open Salon Office Sessions III (Singapore) Curated by Vanjas Karas, 5 - 30 November 2014
TriSpace Gallery (London, UK) Art Gemini Prize Exhibition, 23 October - 1 November 2014
Embassy Tea Gallery (London, UK) LIP 26th Annual Exhibition, 21 October - 2 November 2014
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery (London, UK) Affordable Art Fair Battersea, 23 - 26 October 2014
Four Corners Gallery (London, UK) Uncertain States, 10 - 31 October 2014
Forest Stories Krasnodar Central Park (Krasnodar, Russia) 19 September - 19 October 2014
Illinskii Forest Museum (Illinskii, Perm, Russia) 16 September - 16 October 2014
Vantage Point Gallery (Brighton, UK) 4 October - 2 November 2014
Sophie Maree Gallery (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Kunst Art Fair, 4 -9 June 2014
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery (London, UK) Hampstead Affordable Art Fair, 12-14th June 2014
Onca Gallery (Brighton, UK) 100 Trees Exhibition, 16 June - 6 July 2014
Russian Museum Summer Gardens (St. Petersburg, Russia) Forest Stories 2014, 15 May-15 June 2014
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery (London, UK) Hampstead Affordable Art Fair, 12-15 June 2014
PH21 Gallery, (Budapest, Hungary) Inside Out, 1-21 May 2014
The Wilson Gallery (Cheltenham, UK) The Open West 2014, 3 May – 1 June 2014
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery (London, UK) Art 14, 28 February – 5 March 2014
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery (London, UK) London Art Fair, 21-25 January 2014
Forest Stories Autumn (Moscow, Russia): Forest Stories Exhibition, Patriarshie Prudy, 20 Sept - 20 Oct 2013
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery (London, UK) Affordable Art Fair Battersea, 13 - 16 October 2013
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery (London, UK) Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, 13 - 16 June 2013
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery (London, UK) Affordable Art Fair Islington, 16 - 20 Jan 2013
China House Gallery (Penang, Malaysia): Le Rencontres d’Arles, ‘An Eye for an Ear’, 28 March - 17 April 2013
Art Science Museum (Singapore, Malaysia) 3rd Singapore International Photo Festival, 10 Oct - 29 Nov 2012
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 2012
Forest Stories Autumn (Moscow, Russia) Forest Stories Exhibition, Chistoprudniy Boulevard, 9 Aug - 9 Sept 2012
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery (London, UK) Artwork for Interiors, 21 June 2012
Professional Women Photographers Online Exhibition, March 1 - August 31 2012
Gordon Parks Gallery (St Paul, MN, USA) Open To Interpretation: Intimate Landscape, 15 November 2012
Hotshot Gallery (London, UK) Nine-Point Perspective: Ways of Seeing, 12 - 30 Aug 2011
The Edge Sculpture Trail Installation (Dartmoor, UK) 3 - 25 Sept 2011
Hoxton Art Gallery (London, UK) Symbiosis, 19 May - 17 June 2011
Khmu Museum of Modern Art (Tallinn, Estonia) 15th Print Triennial, Jan 20 - 8 May 2011
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 2011
Gallery 291 (San Francisco, USA) Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, April 28- 2 May 2011
Matt Roberts Gallery (London, UK) Matt Roberts Gallery Photo Open, 3 - 26 Feb 2011
The New Forest Gallery (Lyndhurst: UK) Light and Landscape, 27 November - 2 January 2010
Proud Gallery Central (London, UK) LIP 22nd Annual Exhibition, 20 - 31 Oct 2010
BlueDog Gallery (Brighton, UK) In Site, 3 - 31 Oct 2010
Phoenix Gallery (Exeter, UK) Exeter Contemporary Open 2010, 16 September - 3 November 2010
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery (Brighton, UK) Foto8 Summer Show, 11 - 29 September 2010
Host Gallery (London, UK) Foto8 Summer Show, 26 July - 4 Sept 2010
Photofusion (London, UK) Sight, Unseen, 9 April - 25 May 2010
ArtSway Gallery (New Forest, UK) ArtSway Open 2009
Old Truman Brewery (London, UK) Photomonth Open 2009
Four Corners Gallery (London, UK) Salon 2009
East End Arts Club (London, UK) ‘I Always Knew You’d Come Back..’ 2009
New Brewery Arts (Cirencester, UK) Crossings 2009
Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery (Brighton, UK) New Landscape 2009
Bedfordbury Gallery (London, UK) Beautiful Landscapes 2009
Format Photo Festival 09 (Derby, UK) ‘I always knew you'd come back..’ 2009
Oblong Gallery, (London, UK) Hanging On 2009
Oblong Gallery, (London, UK) For One Night Only 2008
Four Corners Gallery (London, UK) Circles of Latitude, a Photomonth Group Show 2008
Barcelona International Photography Awards Top 50 Photographers 2015
Smithsonian Photo Contest, Winner Altered Images Category 2015
Art Gemini Awards Prize, First Place Winner, Photography 2014
Moscow International Photo Awards, two Honorable Mentions in Fine Art and Landscape 2014
Kontinent Awards, First Place Winner, Fine Art Projects catagory 2014
PH21 Gallery, Inside Out Jurors Selection - Honourable Mention 2014
London International Creative Competition 2013: Winner 2013
Critical Mass Finalist 2012
Professional Women Photographers International Juried Exhibition: Honourable Mention 2012
ArtSlant Showcase Juried Winner, Round 4. 2011
Lens Culture International Exposure Awards: Honourable Mention 2010
Exeter Phoenix Audience Choice Award 2010
PX3 Paris Photo Prize: 1st Prize Winner Fine Art Landscape 2010
International Photography Awards: 1st Place Nature-Landscape Pro Award 2010
LPA Landscape Awards: Commended 2010
ArtSlant Showcase Juried Winner 2010
Celeste Expectations Awards, 2010
The Charmian Adams Award 2009
New Brewery Arts Open Public Choice Award 2009
International Photography Awards 2009: Official Selection Honourable Mention 2009
PX3 Paris Photo Prize: Fine Art Series Honourable Mention 2009
New Contemporaries Shortlist 2009
Celeste Prize Selection, 2009
Critical Mass Finalist 2008
New York Photo Awards: Honourable Mention: Personal Fine Art Series 2008
PX3 Paris Photo Prize: 3 Fine Art Honourable Mentions 2008
Hunger Magazine, 1st April 2015
Bleaq, 30 March 2015
Beautiful Decay, March 2015
New Dawn Magazine Holland, March 2015
Lens Culture Short Film on Vimeo
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
Our World My Eye June 2013
Dublin Magazine, February 2013
Notes from the Underground, Interview, June 2012
The Good Web Guide, interview October 2012
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
The Guardian, 27 March 2015.
Het Laatste Nieuws, March 2015.
Faena Aleph Feature.
L’Oeil de la Photography Magazine, France, 18 February 2015
Silvershotz Magazine, Volume 9 Experience 3, November 2014
Fraction Magazine Japan. Volume 14, 2014
Dodho Magazine, September 2014. http://dodho.com/trees-ellie-davies/
Philosophie Magazine, Germany, October/November, Issue 06, p. 85, 2014
Resurgence and Ecologist, September/October Issue 286, p.54-55, 2014
Guide to Unique Photography , September 2014
Fraction Magazine, Issue 60, March, 2014
La Republica, Italy, January 2014
WUD: Four Walks review in SMBH Mag, January 2014
Shutterbug Blog, January 2014
Tijdschrift Ei Magazine, Holland, Issue 27, 2013
Urbanautica features Another Green World, Setember 2013
The Shot I Never Forgot, Our World My Eye, Sept 2013
Velour Magazine, July 2013
F-Stop Magazine Issue 59, True/False, June-July 2013
Fraction Magazine 50th Issue, 50 Photographers, May 2013
Dazed and Confused, Photobook of the Month, May 2013
It’s Nice That, review of Cercle Magazine Artists, April 2013
New Landscape Photography, April Issue, 2013
Cercle Magazine, France, April 2013
Flip Magazine, Issue 24, 2013
Interior Design Magazine, USA, Jan, 2013
Tricycle Magazine, USA, Vol 22, No.3, Spring Issue, 2013
F-Stop Magazine Issue 56, The Landscape Issue, Dec 2012/ January 2012
WUD: Four Walks in the Fictional Woods. Hardcover Photobook, Tangerine Press, December 2012
SNOB Magazine, Russia, December Issue 2, 2012
Interior Design Magazine, USA, October 2012
Cent Magazine, October 2012
Notes from the Underground, Interview, June 2012
Vantage Magazine, October, 2012Absolutely Magazine, October, 2012
Noorderlicht Terra Cognita, Published by Noorderlicht, Sept, 2012
Arles Photography Open Salon Publication ‘An Eye for an Ear’, created by Vanja Karas. Published by UBYU Books, Oct 2012
Philosophie Magazine, Issue 60, June 2012, p.46, France, 2012
F-Stop Magazine Issue 53, Series Photography Issue and Group Exhibition, June – July, 2012
Entitle Magazine, Issue 2, June, 2012
Open To Interpretation: Intimate Landscapes – Published Taylor and O’Neill, USA, 2012
F-Stop Magazine Issue 53, Series Photography Issue and Group Exhibition, June, 2012
Fuzion Magazine, Issue 5, Spring, P 24 – 33, UK, 2012
Photo+ Magazine, Issue 24, April, p 51 – 56, South Korea, 2012
Behind the Image By Natasha Caruana and Anna Fox. Thames and Hudson, 2012
Tree Magazine Photo Essay by Chris Stocks – September Issue, p. 16 – 19, UK, 2011
TimeOut Exhibition Coverage 11 – 17 Aug, p. 52, UK, 2011
London Independent Photographers Annual Exhibition Publication, 2011
Le Monde Magazine, 23rd Oct, p. 38 - 39, France, 2010
Tallinn XV Graafikatriennaal - For Love Not Money, Estonia, 2010
Evolver Magazine, November/December Issue, p.3, UK, 2010
31 Contemporary Photographers - Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, UK, 2010
London Independent Photography 20th Annual Exhibition Publication Cover 2010, UK, 2010
London Independent Photography Publication 21st Anniversary Ed - Spring, UK, 2009
‘I always knew you'd come back…’ - a Latitude Photographers Publication, UK, 2009
‘I always knew you'd come back…’ Volume 2 - a Latitude Publication, UK, 2009
Bulletin Fotograficzny Magazine, (London Photomonth), Poland, Nov, 2009
New York Photo Awards Annual, USA, 2008
London Independent Photography 20th Annual Exhibition Publication, UK, 2008
Sight, Unseen, Photofusion Gallery, London - In conversation with Lucy Soutter, May 2010
In Site, In Site Gallery, Brighton - In conversation with Graham Hume, October 2010
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.