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21 MAY 2021 - 11 JUNE 2021
Tamsin Relly, Circles in the Woods (Finland No. 4), The Auction Collective Tamsin Relly, The Auction Collective
Tamsin Relly, Circles in the Woods (Finland No. 4), The Auction Collective
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9. Tamsin Relly

Circles in the Woods (Finland No. 4)

Signed and dated (on the reverse)
Watercolour and charcoal on paper
21 x 29 cm.
Created in 2016 


£240 - 380

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“The ‘Circles in the Woods’ series was made during a mid winter residency at Arteles in Hämeenkyrö, Finland. The studio was on the edge of the woods, which I walked through every day and could watch the cycles of the snowfall and melt, and how the same forest was in a constant state of change from one day to the next. Speaking with locals, I learned that it was unusual for the snow to have thawed to a point of seeing earth beneath it, at that time of year. I made the drawings back indoors. I think working in such close proximity to the forest contributed to an immediacy in the marks, and sense of space within the work.” - Tamsin Relly, 2021

Tamsin Relly’s multi-disciplinary practice includes painting, printmaking and photography. In response to the global climate crises, her work explores the reciprocal relationship we have with our planet’s ecology and the ways in which we find connection with the living world. Recent projects explore the preservation of arboreal and botanical environments through conservation, urban parks and memory – be it personal, collective or held within the land.

Drawing on both found media imagery and first-hand observations, Relly works with the fluid and unpredictable qualities of her materials and processes to present impressions of natural and urban spaces in states of uncertainty or impermanence. As part of her research, she has visited and studied diverse locations such as Svalbard in the Arctic Circle, The Eden Project in Cornwall, and the fabricated oasis of the Las Vegas Strip.


Relly’s work has been exhibited and collected widely in the United Kingdom and internationally, appearing in group exhibitions at Royal Academy of Arts, the National Maritime Museum, T J Boulting and Oliver Projects in London; SMITH, Cape Town and Galerie Rue Visconti, Paris. Her work is held in collections including Hogan Lovells, Simmons Contemporary and the National Maritime Museum in London and Ellerman House, Yellowwoods Arts and Hollard in South Africa. She has had solo exhibitions hosted by the House of St Barnabas, The Place Downstairs and Brocket Gallery in London. Artist residencies include Arteles, Finland, RE·THINK: Environment - National Maritime Museum, London, Pocantico - Rockefeller Brother Fund, New York and The Arctic Circle, Svalbard. Relly has been commissioned twice by award winning curatorial charity Hospital Rooms to create permanent work for locked and secure mental health units in the UK. 


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