Swannell’s work explores our relationship with, and effect on, the natural world around us. Trees, the lungs of the earth, are potent signifiers. Rooted in the ground while reaching to the sky, they connect us to both past and future human generations. The exhibited work represents a meditation on time – embedded in the environment we inherit and the legacy that we leave behind.
The trees that shape the adjacent Marylebone churchyard are portrayed in Swannell’s detailed drawings that materialise the passing of time and give a tangible form to ephemeral moments in the natural world.
Also showcased is Swannell’s print and photography project with the Woodland Trust, Legacy: A Reciprocal Tribute. This work, at the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood in Leicestershire, started in 2014 and will continue for the next six decades, recording the growth of the woodland by photographing the same family every year as the trees in the background shift, grow and transform alongside them.
In A Meditation on Time, Swannell continues her ongoing preoccupation with nature and the effects we have on it, questioning the value we place on the environment that sustains us.
Swannell’s work conveys her keen interest in the environment and, having originally trained and worked in the field of Economics, she completed her MA in Fine Art at City and Guilds of London Art School in 2009.
Since 2002, jaggedart has become renowned for its unique and definite style, showcasing beautiful, intricate and sophisticated works of art. The gallery, located around the corner on Devonshire Street, promotes up-and-coming artists through a varied programme of exhibitions, including painting, photography, works on paper and three-dimensional pieces.