Preview: Lisa Creagh ‘The Instant Garden’, Lucy Bell Fine Art, 46 Norman Road. Until June 30. Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm. Free.
Using the idea of the ‘instant garden’ created when a richly floral carpet was thrown to the ground in ancient Persia, Lisa Creagh creates a new kind of ‘garden’ using composite images of industrially grown flowers.
‘The Instant Garden’ plays with ideas around control and stylization that have been present in discussions of ‘nature’ for centuries.
Lisa Creagh graduated from Goldsmiths in 1994, and in 2009 with a Masters in Photography from Brighton University.
From 1997 to 2001 she lived and worked as an artist in New York, teaching digital imaging, and curating exhibitions. In 2003 she founded The Brighton Photo Fringe, a network of photographers, still running in conjunction with the Brighton Photo Biennial.
In 2006 she received critical acclaim for the originality and collaborative nature of ‘Tidy Street’ where she transformed a street in Brighton in to a series of lightboxes utilizing the windows of small terraced houses.
‘The Instant Garden’ was begun in 2008 and has been exhibited widely. It was recently awarded a development grant by The Arts Council of England.