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William Arnold

Suburban Herbarium

24 March 29 April 2018

Bounded not by an ecologist’s quadrat but by the length of a

regular lunch-break walk - an escape from a daily teaching job

based on the outskirts of a small but rapidly expanding city -

this work is an edgelands’ homage to Victorian botany. -

William Arnold

We are pleased to be opening the 2018 season at Kestle Barton

with this botanical homage, a natural complement to our own

wild flower meadows and orchards. Suburban Herbarium is a

collection of William Arnold’s photographs made in odd

moments as he escaped from the routine of a teaching job. An

earlier study, Outside City Walls, that informed and inspired the

later work, will also be shown.

Living and working in West Cornwall, UK, William is interested

in the layers of history, human and natural that comprise the

making of the landscape and the role played by the

photographic surface both literally and metaphorically in

recording, interrogating and representing these histories.

William describes his relationship to this work as:

A reflection on contemporary notions of wilderness, building the Suburban Herbarium

represents both an attempt to regain personal agency against the often alienating backdrop of

the 9-5 and a celebration of the natural history of these outskirt 'landscapes of disappointment' ...

the building sites, road verge, business parks, wasteland and identikit housing, where were it not

for the necessity of stable employment nearby one would never choose to spend time.

There will be a public opening of the exhibition 24 March from 2pm 5pm with an Artist Talk at 3pm. All

are welcome to attend.

Kestle Barton is open 10:30am -5pm Tuesday Sunday. Closed Mondays but open Bank Holidays.

Admission is free and light refreshments are available.

Above image: William Arnold, Suburban Herbarium (Hedera Helix European Ivy) Gelatin-silver print,

30.5 x 40.5 cm

Additional High-resolution images attached from Suburban Herbarium collection Gelatin-silver print,

30.5 x 40.5 cm include: Digitalis Foxglove and Lonicera Periclymenum Honeysuckle (as indicated in file


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