'Origins' art exhibition
A trio of artists will launch the 2020 season at Leith Hill Place with their exhibition 'Origins', inspired by the natural world and science.
Inspired by nature
During 2020 Leith Hill Place is exploring all things linked to science, from scones to work in the grounds by naturalist Charles Darwin. Three local atists have responded to this theme by putting together an exhibition showcasing their work inspired by the natural world.
The exhibition, entitled 'Origins' will be open at Leith Hill Place every Friday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 13 March-26 April, 11am-5pm. Admission is free for National Trust members, or £6.50 for non-members.
Meet the artists
Reiko Evans www.studioreiko.co.uk
Studio Reiko is found on Leith Hill amidst the beautiful surroundings of the Surrey Hills. Reiko has been making pottery for almost 15 years. Her preference being to create wheel thrown items in porcelain and stoneware. Some ceramics are then wrapped in organic materials and pit-fired to produce unique and original patterns on her work. Reiko will also be exhibiting some Kintsugi (golden seam) which is an ancient wabi-sabi Japanese ceramic art repair method. Some original ceramics spontaneously crack during the firing process, Reiko then repairs each item with a gold paste to make it stronger and more beautiful, celebrating its history rather than disguising its demise.
Victoria Phillips www.silver-anvil.co.uk
Victoria is a silversmith living and working on Ranmore Common. From the top of the North Downs Ranmore looks over to Leith Hill Tower. Much of her work draws inspiration from the natural environment and for ‘Origins’ she will be particularly focusing on aspects of the life cycle of plants; their seeds, their leaves and their fruits.
Victoria works with Sterling Silver and semi-precious stones and she is registered with the London Assay Office for hallmarking.
Karen Pearson www.karenpearsonart.com
Karen is a painter, sculptor and a tutor, living and working on Leith Hill. She is inspired by the magic of the natural world, moments in time and the richness of life that surrounds us. Bronze, ceramic and beeswax sculptures, will be displayed alongside paintings, referencing Darwin and the ‘origins’ of the natural world. Karen’s work will include drawings, cyanotype prints and paintings made in the Galapagos and other wilderness locations abroad, and closer to home in the countryside around Leith Hill Place where Darwin spent some of his time.