New work Transmission Spores part of touring Ash Archive Exhibition starting Jan 18 – April 14th studio 3 Gallery Jarman Building Kent University http://www.theashproject.org.uk/the-ash-archive/
The Ash Archive’ includes works by Ackroyd and Harvey, Colin Booth, Adam Chodzko, Sebastian Cox, French and Mottershead, Magz Hall, Max Lamb, Sheaf and Barley and David Nash (in collaboration with Common Ground) and a collection of objects made from ash wood from Rob Penn’s book “The man who made things out of trees”.
Transmission Spores – Magz Hall 2018 – Mixed Media
In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil was an enormous ash tree that harboured all the life in the universe a signifier of its power and resilience. For the last ten years an Ash tree has propagated every available spot in the artists garden like a virile weed, she likens its resilience to radio which has already outlived video and the ipod. The artist believes her personal experience of the Ash tree highlights that it may not completely disappear as first feared by experts and this view is reflected in reports concerning the deadly fungus.
This work takes poetry made during a workshop on Ash die back, turning scientific descriptions of how the disease spreads, into a spore like radio composition reflecting her interactions with ash, and transmitted from the trunk of an infected tree for broadcast on FM into the gallery.
“Ecologists know that the natural world is resilient. Between 1% and 2% of ash trees in Denmark are showing signs of immunity from the disease.”
“British ash trees seem to have better resistance against a deadly fungus which is devastating trees across Europe, according to research which has decoded the DNA of the species for the first time.”