Royal West Academy Summer Show – Unnatural, Natural History

by Chantal

Darwin’s Tea Party by Nicole Etienne

I’m incredibly proud to be part of this extraordinary exhibition at Bristol’s historic and beautiful RWA. Curated by Coates & ScarryUnnatural, Natural History showcases thirty seven artists from 10 different countries in a show that revels in its other worldliness.

Unnatural – Natural History is an artistic exploration of an alternative world. It is a world where the dominant species are not human and natural objects are metamorphosed into unexpected and unnatural forms. A place in which genetic mutations and environmental pressure have altered the natural course of evolution.

My pets Cow No. 4 (black & white), 2010  by Geza Szollosi

Chippy Coates, one half of Coates and Scarry says “ We asked artists from around the world to explore the theme of “unnatural natural history” and the results are diverse and alluring. It’s a blend of innovative art, creative ideas and lateral thinking.”

Come Fly With Me by Angela Lizon

The Thaurmaturgist (World Folder) Oil on Paper, 2011, by Dean Melbourne

The Wards In Jarndyce by Meryl Donoghue

Nepenthe II, 2011 by Angela Singer

There are many artists in the show whose work I have admired for some time and am delighted to now be exhibiting alongside. One I particularly would like to mention though is Kate MccGWire. Kate’s visceral and compelling sculptures captivated me some time ago. The manipulation of her materials to create such powerful emotional impact is remarkable and one I find inspiring. I am especially excited at the opportunity to show work alongside her.

Wrest by Kate MccGuire. Photograph by Tessa Angus courtesy of All Visual Arts

I shall be exhibiting the installation Relics – bound and inscribed roe skulls – which Coates & Scarry have kindly described as “sublime and hauntingly beautiful”. 

Relics, 2012 (detail) by Chantal Powell

Relics, 2012 by Chantal Powell

The Royal West Academy, Bristol

For a full list of all exhibiting artists, further show information and details of associated events please visit the RWA’s website

Royal Academy Magazine Article previewing the event 

Press Release

 Unnatural, Natural History

The Royal West Academy
 14th July – 23rd September

Admission £5 (£3 concessions, £8 ‘unlimited visit’ exhibition ticket)
Mon to Sat – 9.30am – 5.30pm, Sun – 11 – 5pm