‘Gaia’ is an exhibition exploring nature and womanhood from the personal perspectives of eight female artists at MSOA. Situated at the heart of nature, The Fletcher Moss Gallery hosts a night of deep diving into a world of intimacy, rawness and freedom. From shroud’s to microscopic photography to figurative paintings; the group have embraced their material nuances whilst uniting over the environments surrounding them as women. The public are invited to immerse themselves into the outdoor and indoor displays, unearthing their own connections to the world around them.
Over the past year, many of us will have found ourselves craving a connection with an environment that reaches beyond four walls. In this ever-changing world the importance of our natural surroundings and the desire to strengthen our bond with the Earth, has never been clearer. As the world begins to open up again, the Fletcher Moss Gallery are also opening their doors to ‘Gaia’- a collaborative art exhibition featuring eight Fine Art students from MSOA that have united to share their individual experiences post lockdown. Charged with an intimacy and rawness for life, their practices reflect on the impact our environments have on the psyche, our identities and our freedom.
Outside in the gardens, Jude Sowter Allcock and Megan Moss consider their close relationships to the Earth, as they use her gifted materials to make their delicate sculptural works. Inside, Bethany Matthews presents the symbiotic partnership of humans and nature, displaying paintings that question the toxicity of such a relationship. Similarly, Sophie Rushton’s paintings seek to connect human experiences with nature’s cycles of growth and decay. While Rachel Atherton’s photography highlights how the climate crisis has encroached on our daily landscapes, Sasha Mishchenko invites the viewer to examine the details in ourselves and often overlooked objects during our wanders through the wild. A force of strong femininity, both Olivia Leake and Serena Cotterill’s work takes a figurative approach in depicting the relationship between women and nature in today’s society, fuelled by the current social climate.
The exhibition is a homage to the ways the students have risen to the challenges of the past year, not only as artists but as women and as human beings. ‘Gaia’ hopes to display the evolution of thought and creativity throughout this period, awakening the public to our newfound deep appreciation for the environments around us.