The Garden Room – Emma Taylor & Amanda Duke
‘The Garden Room’ welcomes the return of Emma Taylor and Amanda Duke with an exhibition that reveals their ongoing relationship with the Sussex Prairie Garden, its people and the place. This summer they wish to reflect their ongoing artistic making processes to you, the garden visitors.
Within its internal space the Garden Room offers everyone a place to meet, chatter, enjoy tea and cake and explore creative ideas. Emma and Amanda invite you into the space to celebrate their on-going approach and response to the garden. They’ll bring aspects of the garden into the space, show you what inspires them, how they create their works and process their visual thoughts. Exhibits will throw your thoughts back to the outside space with its vista of borders and spaces where nature forces itself through seasonal changes.
Through the shadows of Winter Amanda and Emma have experimented with their ideas and materials constantly. Ever curious they have hunted for garden treasure and explored their findings with playful working practices. Much like the seeds, roots, and bulbs around us, Emma and Amanda are “in process”, planting their thoughts, experimenting with scale, draw, print, paint, dye, construct, assemble and collage approaches.
Time is precious as the garden changes on every visit. As the summer unfolds the artists will capture this sense of movement, their visual outcomes creating an ever-evolving exhibition as well as their own new personal journeys and pathways.
Over the last few years both artists have established a very successful programme of 1 and 2 day courses at Sussex Prairies. Please see the events page of this website to see what’s they have on offer this coming summer. You’ll find courses that relate to their own studio practices such including printmaking lino, gelli and collagraph printmaking, natural dye, eco print, natural handmade brushes, paper pots and slow hand stitching. A wide variety of courses reflecting both artists multi and mixed media strengths.