Bottengoms Farm (2015-18)
Countless Eden’s is a body of work - made over the course of three years - in the house and garden of the writer Ronald Blythe. Both house and garden were formally the house of Blythe’s close friend, the painter John Nash. Comprising of seventeen colour photographs, including eight interiors, Countless Eden’s draws upon the rich English landscape traditions of both literature and painting.
The pictures depict a garden that was initially planted by Nash when he first moved to Suffolk in the mid-forties. The garden was established in order to supply source material for both his paintings and illustrations. He bequeathed the house - situated in on the Suffolk/Essex boarder to his close friend, the writer Ronald Blythe. Blythe has lived there since, and continues to cultivate and attend to the garden. This intimate space, and the landscape beyond, forms the fulcrum to much of his writing.
The interior photographs extend this discourse to allow the viewer to examine the relationship between Nash & Blythe through objects, possessions and personal motifs that also allude to the paintings and writing of both. Viewed as a body of pictures, the photographs contribute to the work of both painter and writer in a response to place & history.
Accompanying the images, there is a sound recording of the garden made by the sound artist, Stewart Bowditch, recorded over the duration of two hours.