Landscape Architecture lecturer's mixed media exhibition opens for private viewing this week
Over the course of the last year, Yorkshire artist and Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture and BA (Hons) Garden Art & Design courses at our University, Trudi Entwistle has been the Leverhulme Artist in Residence with water@leeds at the University of Leeds. The residency explored how water influences the character of the landscape in and around the uplands of the South Pennines. This mixed media exhibition follows Trudi's changing perspective of this landscape based on dialogue with the scientists who study the upland environment.
Her exploration focused on, and was inspired by, how upland habitats and their management affect water quality and carbon storage. From this knowledge and a personal enthusiasm for the fascinating workings of nature, a satisfying order and formula has been found to express this environment. Thus, the viewer is invited to visualise their own perceptions of the upland landscape depending on their association to place.
As well as the art in this exhibition, Trudi has developed two landscape-scale proposals for land art in this upland environment. These photomontages reveal exciting and interactive concepts developed during Trudi's time as the Leverhulme Artist in Residence at water@leeds.
Trudi's artwork lies somewhere between the boundaries of land art, sculpture and design. It is site specific and investigates how sculptural forms integrate with their surroundings, interacting with human movement and the changing elements of light, weather, natural growth and decay. For more than fifteen years, commissions have taken her to wild places and urban environments throughout the world, where her work, either temporary or permanent, has been used as a stage for theatrical production, play and social gathering or remains, simply, as a focus for the solitary act of contemplation.