Imogen Rigden: Wilderness Bewilderness

Part of Oxfordshire Artweeks 2022

Fresh air, bird song, silence. In 2020 we noticed our natural environment with renewed clarity.

As our horizons narrowed in lockdown, Imogen Rigden‘s Look Outside project called for brief written observations of the natural world at a time of limited freedom. Two hundred contributions from across the globe feature in this solo show.

Imogen’s garden became a mini nature reserve after ‘no-mow May’ extended far into autumn. The Company Of Everything Else records this revelatory season of growth with photographs on a staff photo display board. The artist uses this device to suggest that each plant, or member of the Company, is working to the same end, providing a haven for wildlife and clean air for all.

The Untidied Garden drawings explore the tangled shapes of older, seeding plants, a richness often denied to a tidied space.

Paintings and drawings celebrate commonly undervalued trees, for example poplar and hawthorn.

Imogen employs home-made natural plant dyes in three-dimensional work. The Wild Plants’ Street Party refers to socially distanced neighbourhood gatherings. Lush, health-giving street plants celebrate their season to thrive.

Drawings in ink, oil and graphite reference the rhythm of bird song, rain and windstorms.

Imagined landscapes propose unreachable places, safe from human exploitation and destruction.

As wild places are lost to development, could networks of wild gardens become a new kind of nature reserve?

To view a FlippingBook version of the exhibition booklet click here

Part of Oxfordshire Artweeks 2022.

View/download the 2022 festival guide. Collect a printed guide from the end of March at libraries and other local information points.

Exhibition Opening

In association with Art Late Summertown
Tue 10 May 2022 6pm-8pm | Free

Please join us to welcome in this new exhibition.

Art Late Summertown 2022

Tue 10 May 2022 6pm-8pm

The Gallery at The North Wall, Sarah Wiseman Gallery and the Turrill Sculpture Garden unite to present Art Late Summertown 2022, a sociable evening of exceptional art on Oxford’s South Parade.

Explore a late opening of Imogen Rigden’s second solo show at The North Wall, The Dog Show by award-winning author and illustrator Catherine Rayner at the Sarah Wiseman Gallery (Sat 07 – Sat 28 May), and steel and glass sculptures by Ian Marlow (Light & Shade, Sat 07 May – Sat 25 Jun) at the Turrill Sculpture Garden. Follow the fairy light trail to find us – art and drinks await.

#NWConnect: Wilderness Bewilderness: Matters Arising (live stream webinar)

Wed 11 May 2022 7pm-8pm | Free

The exhibition Wilderness Bewilderness was conceived by Imogen Rigden during lockdown 2020. This was when the natural world recovered its strength as the human world, temporarily, retreated.

The artist and environmentalist Richard Sharland discusses with Imogen, live online, why these pieces of work came about, and they share their discoveries and concerns about the natural world as our human existence returns to normal.

Free event but booking required. BOOK HERE to reserve your place for the webinar. Joining instructions to be sent in early May.

Oxfordshire Artweeks 2022

Artweeks is an artists’ organisation which provides opportunities for Oxfordshire artists and designer-makers with a flagship event in May, a festival of open studios and pop-up exhibitions across the county, and a general Christmas Season.

The 2022 Artweeks festival takes place from Sat 07 – Sun 29 May 2022.

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Imogen Rigden: Wilderness Bewilderness


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