Deep Rooted is a group exhibition featuring work by eight contemporary artists – Dalziel + Scullion, Anya Gallaccio, Andy Goldsworthy, Andrew Mackenzie, Naomi Mcintosh, Katie Paterson and Hanna Tuulikki. Together, they explore the relationship between people and the natural environment using a variety of media and approaches. The artworks range from a surround sound audio and digital choreography to a sensory experience; from paintings and photographs to hand-crafted objects made from wood. Some of the works reflect on current ecological issues, others explore our fragile coexistence with nature and capture its beauty.
Our relationship with the natural world hangs in a balance, with climate change, increased levels of extinction and large-scale deforestation threatening the existence of our biodiversity. Deep Rooted prompts us to consider our place on Earth and urges us to re-evaluate our actions. The show will leave viewers with a renewed sense of their appreciation of nature, its beauty and importance. Doing nothing, is no longer an option and to help fight this urgent climate crisis, we need to modify some of our deep-rooted behaviours.
Hanna Tuulikki’s work Under Forest Cover/ Metsänpeiton Alla, is an audiovisual installation that reimagines the Finnish folkloric concept of being caught in an enchanted landscape as a contemporary metaphor for ecological anxiety. Hanna Tuulikki will also give a talk on 3 February 2024, where she will be sharing her process of making the installation. She will discuss her research into climate psychology, Finnish forest folklore, forest culture and industry, as well as her own Finnish heritage, to reflect on entanglements of identity, nationhood, ecology and the difficult emotions that come with ecological awareness.
Deep Rooted at City Art Centre (2 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE) in Edinburgh, from 18 November 2023 until 25 February 2024, free admission.
Artist talk will take place on Saturday 3 February 2024 at 2pm at City Arts Centre in Edinburgh. Free event, but registration is required. Please register on Museums & Galleries Edinburgh website.
In the picture: Hanna Tuulikki, ‘Under Forest Cover/ Metsänpeiton Alla’, 2021. Commissioned by Helsinki Biennial, 2021, courtesy of the artist. Photo by Maija Toivanen.