Landscape and Anxiety

Gallery Exhibition 15-29 September 2012

This exhibition showcases the work of the distinguished artists and curatorial partnership, Anne Eggebert and Polly Gould. Their works explore the anxiety surrounding existential human questions of how we find our place in the world and takes a look at the representation of place and space as both threatened and threatening. Some of the work in this exhibition was shown in TOPOPHOBIA, a touring exhibition conceived and curated by Eggebert-and-Gould as one of their collaborative curatorial projects.

Anne Eggebert’s pieces use highly detailed drawing as a device to collapse distance and time. Working with images from Google Earth, she makes repeated hatch marks to explore distant landscapes, places which were once familiar which are no longer visited.

Polly Gould makes distorted topographical paintings which reflect on to the surface of silver globes. By painting Antarctic watercolour landscapes on sand-blasted glass she constructs miniature inverted panoramas, which, when reflected on the surface of the mirrored hand-blown spheres. assume proper proportions and perspective and appear as little worlds from elsewhere.

Anne Eggebert and Polly Gould were judges for One Church Street’s photography open submission 2011, Photosensitive.

Eggebert’s fine art practice encompasses photography, sound, video, drawing and teletechnologies to interrogate how our subjective and objective realities construct our understanding and performance of place (both local and distant). She is a senior lecturer in fine art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London.

Recent work by fine artist and writer, Gould has been particularly concerned with the spatialisation of memory, landscape and mourning. In 2008 she was selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and in 2010, was awarded AHRC funding for her doctoral study ‘No More Elsewhere: Melancholia, Subjectivity, Landscape’,

As a collaborative team, Eggebert-and-Gould, have completed a number of art and curatorial projects. These include Nature and Nation: vaster than empires, their ACE funded group exhibition of international artists and associated publication, exploring legacies of botanical collecting and colonial histories in contemporary art.

Their most recent project – TOPOPHOBIA (an irrational dread of certain places or situations) toured the UK from the Danielle Arnuaud Gallery, London, to the Bluecoat, Liverpool, and Spacex, Exeter, during the spring and summer 2012. It was funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and included the work of eight other artists, Matze Einhoff, David Ferrando Giraut, Marja Helander, Uta Kogelsberger, Abigail Reynolds, Almut Rink, Emily Speed and Louise K Wilson.