01 August – 31 August
Open daily, 12 noon – 7.30pm
Dovecote Studio, Snape Maltings
Artist Roger Hardy (b.1969) was born, lives and works in Suffolk. Turning Tide is a reflective body of sculptural works that symbolise the artist’s journey and connection to place and environment, and is his first solo exhibition at Snape.
Emanating from nature, Hardy’s gnarled, ethereal figures, exquisitely carved from sea-worn wood, not only alert us to this decaying, wastefully discarded material but also hold an echo of our own human fragility. This feeling of belonging, identity and place became very relevant to the artist during the last year of lockdowns.
Hardy sees his work as ‘Reflecting the movement of cultures across the seas, whether through active migration or displacement. The wood washed up on our shores is a metaphor for this. Many woods not being native to our shores have been on quite a journey to arrive. Each with a story to tell.’
Hardy’s body of work of work has a timeless quality that enables the viewer to explore their own ideas of humanity. It is presented in the striking space of the Dovecote Studio at Snape Maltings, in collaboration with Devi Singh.
The element that separates good art from the mere decorative is that intangible, transformative quality. It’s hard to put your finger on exactly what this is but I do know that it emerges from seeing, or should I say experiencing, a great exhibition a richer person than before you entered and much of this transformation is that you now look at the world around you through a different prism. Roger’s work has this effect on me. His haunting figures, mere suggestions of human forms, are timeless. They evoke the biblical era and yet have the modernity of a Henry Moore.
Vanessa Branson, writer and founder of the Marrakech Biennale, 2021.