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Rewildings Exhibition

May 26 - September 4

Inspired by the landscape between Leatherhead and Dorking, this series of paintings created especially for this exhibition at Dorking Museum depicts various forms of rewildings; ecological, as well as offering a poetic meditation on emotional and mental forms of rewilding the interior self.

Walking through the forests, parks and riverbanks of the Mole Trail over the course of a year, these paintings document the human interventions that create seemingly wild areas; the scattering of wild flowers, preservation of rare plants on the riverbanks, and the maintenance of areas of outstanding natural beauty.

The act of walking and looking are themselves a form of rewilding, a freshening of the mind and soul, a spiritual journey that mimics that of the Romantic poets’ search for the self in nature. Among others, Keats journeyed to Box Hill, inspired by the quintessential English landscape in pursuit of a lyrical language.

These paintings, under the umbrella title of Rewildings, are inspired by this Romantic approach to landscape, finding magical and metaphysical meaning in plants and flowers and an isolated individualism in the retreat to the forest. These paintings are equally indebted to Dutch Golden Age still life painting, a twist on a genre that preserves natural forms in various states of life and decay. Using colour, tone and gestural line to create a sense of flowing movement, this series of paintings is a celebration of the beauty to be found upon close observation.

This body of work is a reminder; to preserve the beauty and ecology of the natural world, and to go outside and find ourselves in the wildness of the landscape.

Daisy McMullan is an artist based in Leatherhead. She studied fine art at Wimbledon School of Art and Camberwell College of Arts, later studying for an MA in Curating at Chelsea College of Arts. Her work is inspired by the magic of nature and the lyricism of the landscape. Mapping and documenting journeys, walks and ideas through painting, her work offers an insight into the outside world, and an interior narrative. Aside from working as a painter, Daisy is a curator working with artists and communities as a Visual Arts Producer.


May 26
September 4


Dorking Museum & Heritage Centre
62 West Street
Dorking, RH4 1BS
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