Jonathan Baldock is a contemporary artist who uses different materials to tell stories. This exhibition brings together works that show Baldock’s interest in sculptural form, craft tradition and folklore. This selection is sympathetic to our surroundings in Lewes, an ancient town which has a vibrant history and culture of folklore, woven by myths and legends from across the South Downs.
Inspired by the Bloomsbury group’s house and garden at Charleston in Firle, this exhibition explores the threshold of home and garden, the place between our internal and external worlds. This land is populated with surreal characters whose forms echo the botanical, biological and spiritual. It is created using natural materials: clay, hessian, wicker, and wool and built using an array of craft traditions: clay moulding, weaving, embroidery, and storytelling.
Baldock explores ties to the earth and our ecosystems, whether these be our family, our home, our community, or our wider environments. In making roots, Baldock asks us to consider our connection to the earth: What has come before us, and how do we honour those traditions and people?