Current Exhibition: Katie Spragg Glasshouses at the Garden Museum

31st July - 23rd September

Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Rd, London SE1 7LB

My first solo show in London. Visit the beautiful Garden Museum in Lambeth and see a selection of sculptural pieces and drawings made over the past year, all on the theme of greenhouses. 

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I am interested in the way that humans and plants co-exist – how we attempt to curate nature yet it proceeds to grow and thrive beyond human ordering. The glasshouse represents a site where this is particularly apparent – a manmade structure cultivated with carefully selected plants that have then grown to fill the space and create their own contained eco-system.

Inspired by Glasshouses across the UK and Denmark (where I have recently completed a residency) including the Palm House at Kew Gardens, Glasgow Botanical Garden, University of Copenhagen Botanical Garden and greenhouses of the Garden Visits Committee in urban London gardens, I have attempted to capture these steamy, earthy, otherworldly enclosed-environments, focusing particularly on the way the plants naturally create compositions and interact with the human-built enclosure that they grow within.

Small sculptures hidden around the exhibition space celebrate the plants that have escaped the greenhouse or made their home outside its walls.

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The museum has become a special place for me over the past year - it has been home to my piece Daydream since it reopened in May 2017 and I have been running a series of clay workshops in the new learning space there, including a ceramics course for people with dementia and their companions. An exhibition of photographs of these classes and some of the participants work will open on the same night as the exhibition of my work.

For those of you that didn't make it up to Stoke or the Lake District, this will be a chance to see my large-scale Glasshouse piece. I'll also be exhibiting some of my drawings for the first time as well as other sculptural pieces.

The exhibition runs until September 26th.