The concept of the Orient as 'Other' has been vivid in the western imagination since the beginning of global trade. Historically artistic license has been taken in romanticising the Orient, depicting it as a world filled with mystery and difference. This representation has dominated the western expression of the Orient, a fantasy fully expressed in 18th century material culture. By documenting various Oriental gardens found within southern England, this project reveals the continuation of this mythical discourse by oscillating between the fantastical features of these Oriental gardens and the telltale signs of their British location. By presenting the dominance of binary thinking between East and West within this Orientalist fantasy, the work attempts to reflect upon the cultural hybridity present within our globalised world.
Fu-An Chen • Rich Cutler • James Finlay • Mu-Tien Ho • Elin Karlsson • Kayung Lai • Sharon O'Neill • Andrew Pengilly • Alastair Rodgers • Yuxi Si • Charles Morgan Smith • Joy Stacey • Tim Stephens •