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Sarah Cunningham  

The Word for World is Forest

30.07.20         Wollaton Park, Nottingham

Borrowing its title from Ursula K. Le Guin’s 1972 science fiction novel, The Word for World is Forest will be a series of paintings located in the woodlands of Wollaton Park, Nottingham. The event will act as a homage to forests and an attempt to inhabit the space of an in-between, the interval between ‘worlds’- physically and virtually – an attempt to open up a space for these transformations. These are earthy paintings in artificial times. The nature that culture uses to create a second nature, a mimesis, a bodily knowledge, arising from alterity, a means of ‘contact’ between distant beings, in different realms, different time zones. This is a place that we can escape into and many dark spaces. I grew up next to this forest. It is protected... It’s like a room, where reality is left behind and the rules of the cosmos can sometimes bend.
Situationist RCA