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simon woolham 'shreds of evidence'
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A garden of delights.Opposite Parliament, next to Lambeth Palace, inside what was St Mary-at-Lambeth Church is the Museum of Garden History. The smell of gift-shop lavender and the carefully laid-out displays bring to mind the WI and the National Trust. But secreted between the medieval watering cans and Victorian grape bottles, Simon Woolham’s weed-like Shreds Of Evidence have invaded.
Woolham’s chewed, stabbed and shredded paper cheekily challenges the informative world of tended conformity. It’s as though both the paper and the implements on show have been given life in the hermetic atmospheres of the display cases. Grass-like cuttings surround an old scythe like it’s fresh from the lawn. A tangle of paper looks like overgrown garden waste trapped in a glass garden cloche. And up in a corner of the ex-church’s staid atmosphere, a film shows the museum’s seemingly inanimate spades and shears cutting and tapping and clacking away in their confined retirement, as though they might come alive when you’re not looking.
Woolhams’ Shreds Of Evidence are seedlings of vibrancy and humour which both tease and compliment the tucked-away museum oddity.
Simon Woolham - Shreds Of Evidence is now on at The Museum of Garden History until 25 August 2007.
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