ACS member Freya Douglas-Morris’ beautiful paintings are included in the group show ‘A Crazed Flowering’ at London’s Frameless Gallery this January. Inspired by the dystopian vision of J.G. Ballard’s The Crystal World, in which a crystalline entity transforms a jungle environment into a dazzling, bejewelled mass, A Crazed Flowering features works which display a shimmering organic overabundance.
‘The long arc of trees hanging over the water seemed to drip and glitter with myriads
of prisms, the trunks and branches sheathed by bars of yellow and carmine light that
bled away across the surface of the water, as if the whole scene were being
reproduced by some over-active technicolor process.
J.G. Ballard, The Crystal World, 1966’
Douglas-Morris’ paintings respond to this in their allusion to distant paradisiacal terrain of subtle abstractions and glowing colours, in which nature plays a prominent part. Frameless Gallery writes of the work: ‘Both imagination and memory feed into creating these evocative scenes. With her playful spin on time and space, Douglas-Morris blurs the line between memory and myth. Day seeps into night. Spiritual and material worlds intersect.’
Until 24 Jan
Frameless Gallery, 20 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DP