HEARING THE LANDSCAPE

 

The relationship between silence and the natural world weaves its way through the creativity of British artist, Hen Coleman. Landscape informs her work. It’s through silence that she observes and then understands. ‘It is’ Hen says, ‘when we’re sitting in nature that we best hear the landscape’.

A master’s graduate of the Royal College of Art and printmaking tutor at the Royal Academy Schools, Hen is aware of the importance of spending time in silence both for her own work, and for the creative process of her students.

Hen’s relationship with landscape began in the lakeside oil camp in Venezuela where she grew up – in the Northern Andes, and in the forested islands of the country’s northern coast.

Silence became part of the rhythm of her life during her years as a pupil at a Quaker school in England. Hen remembers the daily ‘morning walks’ in the school grounds and the silence that staff and pupils shared each morning.

Today, Hen’s silent time in the natural world is about ‘looking’. It’s an essential preparation for the creativity that will follow. Drawings, photographs and memories from her quiet walks in nature are the basis of much of her work.