The interplay of contemporary architecture and the landscape provides inspiration for Alexandra Ene, who often highlights the relationship between the natural environment and manmade structures. She finds the combination of the two fascinating – the organic and the artificial – especially seeing how they adapt and evolve around each other, as well as the various histories constructed along the way. Her images often present a fusion of worlds, where plants “take over” spaces and begin their acts of assimilation or rewilding amongst concrete – gripping to crevices or attaching themselves to built spaces. The featured photographs include a multitude of textures – with ivy leaves, vines, or shifting gradients of rock, taking centre stage. Ene places viewers at the precipice of organic formations, provoking viewers to consider their immense presence, with dramatic lighting and an attention to focus.
Jay Villacci’s Alienation series of photographs conveys a sense of abandonment and entrapment prevalent within British identity.
Hope Mitchell-Graham’s craft-based work focuses on her identity as a woman and how this intersects with a new identity as a disabled person.