Green in the Grooves - Camden Art Centre

Focused on earthworm ecology, 'Green in the Grooves' draws our attention to the often-unappreciated earth beneath our feet, the grounding of life on this planet.

Taking audiences on a journey through her creative process, from experiments made in her studio and garden in Australia, to a major new film commission, a series of 12 paintings, a sound installation, and ceramic, glass and bronze sculptures, Henderson brings our senses into contact with realms that are beyond the reach of everyday experience, and positions the imagination as a vital tool in shaping and radically informing a new tomorrow.

The exhibition speaks to the vital energy that flows through the infinite channels of life, the mossy crevices between stones or the green light that emanates from within vegetal tissues. Drawing attention to cyclical processes in the environment, Henderson’s project reveals humanity’s intervention in global patterns of decomposition, regeneration and metamorphosis and how such human interactions can accelerate and destabilise the delicate balance required to sustain earthly life as we know it. In an age saturated by the digital, Henderson’s work brings us back into materials – to the analogue and hand-made, to process and experimentation – giving rise to a distinctive artistic language and an animistic worldview, exploring how we are implicated in wider cosmologies that relate us to the planet and to the universe.


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This film was produced on the occasion of Tamara Henderson, 'Green in the Grooves', at Camden Art Centre, 2023

The Artist

Tamara Henderson (b. 1982, New Brunswick) lives and works in Canberra, Australia. Henderson’s film Womb Life (2018) was included in the group exhibition The Botanical Mind, Art, Mysticism and The Cosmic Tree, at Camden Art Centre in 2020 and her film Seasons End: Out of Body (2018) was exhibited at Tate Modern that same year. Following those presentations, this will be Henderson’s first institutional solo show in London and builds on her significant national and international exposure which includes solo presentations at Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2018), Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2018), REDCAT, Los Angeles (2016), the ICA Philly (2015), and Grazer Kunstverein (2014), as well as inclusion in group exhibitions and festivals, such as Thin Skin curated by Jennifer Higgie at Monash University Museum of Art, Australia (2023); the São Paulo Biennial (2021); the Virginia Woolf exhibition at Tate St Ives, Pallant House Chichester and The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (2018); Glasgow International (2016); Vancouver Art Gallery (2016); Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2016); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2016); and dOCUMENTA 13 (2012).

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