Carolina’s animation is inspired by the historic gardens of Ham House and the estate’s 17th century owner, and was commissioned by National Trust’s Garden of Reason programme. The film continues her exploration of ideas of delicacy, organic development, life-cycles and living, creating a beautiful and melancholic reflection on the past lives at Ham House.
Renowned cellist Julia Kent, from Antony and the Johnsons, provides the soundtrack to the film, with her track, Missed, creating a stirring accompaniment to the action. The film features a specially commissioned poem, written and read by award winning poet Simon Barraclough.
Carolina and Simon worked with historical researcher Michael Ann Mullen to unlock the historical and social context of the gardens and their 17th century owner, Elizabeth Dysart who held the vision for the garden. The film features illustrations inspired by 17th century botanical illustrations, and detail from a 17th century painting of Ham House by Henry Danckerts.
Regarding Gardens can be viewed online here
and an essay by Michael Ann Mullen accompanies the exhibition of the work and can be read here
Regarding Gardens is in exhibition at Ham House, Richmond from 25 April to 28 September.