Eileen Hogan was appointed the Garden Museum’s artist-in-residence just as the Museum closed for a major Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment project.
The exhibition of Hogan’s works coincided with the launch of the newly redeveloped and extended Museum.
Hogan’s response to the challenge of being an artist definitely ‘not-in-residence’ was to ask ninety people to nominate a green space in London along with a description of why it was significant to them.
The enquiry revealed the range of Londoners’ attraction and attachment to these spaces which, she says, include ‘horticulture, history, personal psychology, private myth, romance, and eccentricity’. From this large and varied selection, Hogan has developed twelve into large-scale oil paintings, one for each month of the year.
The exhibition features six panels which represent the first year of the residency and include Chelsea Physic Garden in August and the park of Chiswick House in the mist and frost of a cold February morning. These are shown alongside etchings, sketch books and preliminary studies from the project and a short film about Hogan’s sketch books and their role in her artistic process.
Continuing the theme of process, – the exhibition also showcases a further selection of the nominated gardens through pages from Hogan’s sketch books, descriptions and photographs of her at work by Sandra Lousada.