Post Pastoral

Sam Wilkins October 16 - 21 Friday - Wednesday 10am - 5pm

‘Post Pastoral’ is a new collection of video works by artist Sam Wilkins that explore our relationship with the pastoral image by digitally animating landscape paintings of the 18th and 19th century. They examine traditional views, still held by some as examples of the rural idyll, by exploring themes relating to climate change, migration, leisure, folk and mysticism.

Artists have always reinterpreted existing works to examine our relationship with what has been depicted and in ‘Post Pastoral’ ultra high definition videos take existing paintings by artists such as John Constable and Claude Lorrain and then animate them using green screen footage, 3D models and found stills to create new narratives and encourage the viewer to reconsider their relationship with the ‘picturesque’ and their preconceptions of how the countryside is experienced today.