Saturday, 3 July 2010
Derek Jarman's Garden
" '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."