Bryony Rose was born in Chicago and has just graduated from Glasgow School of Art in Painting and Printmaking. I loved her show, which was fantastically flimsy and kinetic, full of fragile magic and naive wonder.
With the discovery of the New World came the notion that plants originating from the Garden of Eden, instead of being corrupted, had in fact been fragmented and scattered across the world. By creating gardens that brought together all these plant elements, Renaissance scholars hoped to re-create something of this lost paradise. The moving elements of my piece were inspired by accounts of ancient gardens where statues were animated using hydraulics, and, in the case of the revolving sheep piece, the Irish immram tale of St. Brendan and his encounter with ‘The Island of Conforming Sheep’. Bryony Rose