Saturday, 3 July 2010

Derek Jarman's Garden

I am hoping to finish some of my Dungeness paintings for our 'Wild Gardens' exhibition, they explore plant life in shingle beach fields and of course Derek Jarman's unique garden. If you are unable to visit Prospect Cottage, Dungeness, you can enjoy the 150 illustrations in his equally beautiful book, the introduction of which reads:
" 'Paradise haunts gardens', writes Derek Jarman, 'and it haunts mine'. Jarman's public image is that of a film-maker of genius, whose work, dwelling on themes of sexuality and violence, became a byword for controversy. But the private man was the creator of his own garden-paradise in an environment that many might think was more of a hell than a heaven - in the flat, bleak, often desolate expanse of shingle that faces a nuclear power station in Dungeness, Kent. Jarman, a passionate gardener from childhood, combined his painters eye, his horticultural experience and his ecological convictions to produce a landscape which combined the flints, shells and driftwood of Dungeness; sculptures made from stones, old tools and found objects; the areas indigenous plants; and shrubs and flowers introduced by Jarman himself."

1 comment:

  1. Love your new dungeness series especially the huts and red boat.

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