State of the Estate 2009. Penpont, Brecon.
A large group show to celebrate the development of the Penpont Estate. Several artists were invited to choose a site within the estate and make a piece of work about the development and restoration of the estate.
In fairytales, objects, people and places can be transformed into another state. In this work I am exploring the idea of an imaginary fairytale and have transformed a plane tree into an apple tree. Apples often occur in fairytales. They can be used as a prop, a device or a lure. They carry symbolic meaning of a very ancient kind. In this piece the apples themselves have been through a transformation. In the process of making some of them have emerged from a great heat curiously changed. Some would be classified as windfalls, while others have grown in size and acquired colours never before seen in apples.
The structure surrounding the tree is a fairytale thicket. Its role is to provide protection and nurture for the tree.
The Penpont Estate is itself in just such a state of protection, transformation and nurture.
A is for apple and B is for beautiful.