Ellie Davies, a UK artist, follows in the footsteps of a long line of great British land artists with her new installation work, ‘Come With Me: Constructed Pathways’. The work was made in The New Forest and is basically a series of pathways, reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel, except that their context is wholly different. Instead the artist is trying to make us recognise the constructed way in which we look, interact, have a relationship with nature.
If all natural spaces are utilized, shaped, managed, and farmed by man, can we ever access the natural world on its own terms?
All the pathways are constructed using materials such as paint, powder, wool and paper, the flow of the path reflecting the natural flow of the land in an effort to highlight what the artist calls:
the ‘constructed’ nature of landscapes, with particular reference to the long tradition of landscape painting and its role in the creation of meaning and myth making.
After creating the path – which is pretty obvious to all as you can see from the images above – Davies photographs the scene as both a landscape and an artificially created object.
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