Posted on November 17th, 2021 by Jane Fairhurst
I painted three panels as part of From The Ground Up, an exhibition at Castlefield New Art Spaces Wigan created specifically in relation to the town of Wigan in conjunction with eight artists from Greater Manchester.
A greenheart connects the towns of Wigan and Leigh providing a large expanse of green spaces for its residents. It comprises parks, wetlands, canals and woodlands. One of these woodlands, Byrom Hall Wood, is currently under threat and its loss will be a loss for all of us, non-human and human.
For my installation in Castlefield New Art Spaces, Wigan I used images of felled trees to make a political statement in the hope that it invokes comment about the effects of this act of ecocide on all the flora and fauna supported by a tree, the effect of change in light and shade, the passage of air and the movement of water in its vicinity.
A felled tree is an environment destroyed forever.