Throughout 2016-18 Philippa Lawrence studied tree stumps, stacks of logs and cut wood in Hestercombe’s grounds, making two site responsive works Shift & Stasis, transforming fire-wood and tree stumps through the process of French polishing. Situated in the house as part of the exhibition: Materiality: Provisional States, 2018- 19 these works referenced the value and status of materials and the earth’s resources.
Stack, 2020, located near the site of the Turkish Tent in the landscape garden, draws attention to labour and care within the grounds of Hestercombe. The coloured ends of this stack of logs are made using forestry tree-marker spray. They draw attention to activities, language and devices used in land management. The invitation to create work for this exhibition is an Opening-Up, affording the artist a chance to be more experimental and freer in her practice.
Stack is part of an ongoing interest in making works that ask us to perceive things we may have overlooked or not considered, tracing humankind’s activity in managing an estate and nature.