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Events at Dalby Forest - Woodend Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough
Free event for on Saturday November 20 to Sunday February 27

Queen Green: a new exhibition inspired by Dalby Forest by artist Susie Green at Woodend Gallery, Scarborough.

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 vonBingen 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 Greenportray: the natural world and it’s grand, regal forms, or the artist herself and her fantasyworld?

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, Forestry England and Woodend Creative Space.