Artist Talk - The Forest Is The Museum

A discussion with artists Lala Meredith-Vula and Richard Wentworth and curator and former Fermynwoods Director Yasmin Canvin. The talk will address themes in The Forest Is The Museum, the culmination of Abigail Lane and Lala Meredith-Vula's residency at Fineshade Wood. Our possessions follow us and the process of losing, finding, and handing belongings into a lost property point is familiar worldwide. Each of the ninety items which now comprise The Forest is the Museum collection were considered important enough to carry into the forest by someone and, once lost, identified by a passerby as something worth an attempt to reunite with its owner. Most items have little monetary value, but tagging and cataloguing the collection re-empowers these objects, imbuing each with new value and significance. Notably, many of the objects are plastic, a material which survives long past our individual human lifespan and arguably beyond that of many of our natural spaces. The installation and accompanying photographs project our current existence into the future, treating the everyday artefacts of our recreation as future archaeological specimens or articles of evidence.