Green Earth’s End

Commissioned by The Walsall Art Gallery 1994.
Shown at Leeds Met Gallery in 1995.

installation installation

In the space were three sets of triptychs of photographic panels containing life-size images of a male and female in tall rye grass. (Holland grew the rye grass and it was left to reach its maximum height before being harvested) Behind these were encaustic (coloured and melted beeswax) panels which added colour to the panels and the heat from the back lighting added a further smell of beeswax and honey. There were also three sets of triptychs presented on light boxes which contained Ilfochrome transparencies; one set of figures, one of frogs and one of snakes.

The theme of growth and subsequent cutting or harvesting is explored again here. The title is taken from a line in Milton’s ‘Comus’. This allegorical tale can be read as a satire on the evils of church and state, the poet’s lesson against sin and impurity and the education of the soul.
The photographic images reflect the ‘wilderness’ of the poem. These enclosed ritualistic scenes are viewed from the earth’s base upwards. The tall flanking rye grass is an almost liquid medium in which the figures and creatures emerge and hide. The cut golden hair, the rye and its seed reference a harvest; part of a natural cyclical occurrence. There’s also a more human ‘yield’ referred to here, the fateful reaping of results that grow from our actions; good and bad.

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Brochure text - Deborah Robinson