Susie Green: Queen Green
A new exhibition of works by artist Susie Green, inspired by her residency at Dalby Forest in the North Yorks Moors and Scarborough Museums Trust archives.
Susie Green: Queen Green
When: November 20 – February 27 2022
Where: Woodend Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW
Opening times: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-5pm. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm.
Queen Green is an exhibition of new works by artist Susie Green inspired by her residency at Dalby Forest in the North Yorks Moors. The exhibition celebrates erotic encounters with nature, and moments of confidence and fragility, growth and decay, lightness and dark. Works on paper and large cut-out mixed forms mounted onto wooden trellis portray powerful, blossoming, shapeshifting bodies.
The exhibition explores the concept of the word ‘Viriditas’, used by German Benedictine Abbess, writer, composer and mystic Hildegard von Bingen in the Middle Ages. ‘Viriditas’ means greenness, freshness, vitality, fruitfulness, or growth and was used by Hildegard to describe divine nature when talking about the human spirit and the natural world. Hildegard’s illustrated religious visions, choral music and her rare recorded words have served as an inspiration. The exhibition asks the audience to think about who the works in Queen Green portray: the natural world and it’s grand, regal forms, or the artist herself and her fantasy world?
Green’s research at the Scarborough Museums Trust archive during her residency gave her access to the nationally important William J Clarke Charm Collection. Clark, who was a former keeper of The Rotunda Museum in Scarborough was a collector of charms and folklore from around the world. His rare collection of objects and its link between the natural world and spirituality heavily influence Green’s work in this exhibition. Archive images of Woodend, former home of the Sitwell family, with trellis mounted on the walls were used to design the displays, allowing the audience to explore the exhibition with their senses.
Queen Green is supported by Crescent Arts, Scarborough Museums Trust, Arts Council England and Forestry England.
Download a large print version of the exhibitioh guide here.
Venue is wheelchair accessible, with accessible bathroom and changing facilities. For more information about the venue head to the Woodend website: https://www.woodendcreative.co.uk Large print captions are available from the front desk at Woodend.
Masks are still recommended to wear unless exempt, social distancing and regular hand sanitizing are both still strongly advised. For more information view our full Covid update here.
Workshops and events:
In conversation with Susie Green and Dr. Amy Tobin
November 20 2021
2pm – 3pm, Woodend Creative Space
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