'Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest ...' Shakespeare, 'Sonnet 3'.
On a blustery cold day in Jericho, the perfect place to visit is the Art Jericho Gallery to view the current exhibition 'The Magic of Trees'. The billboard advertising this exhibition can be seen from the main road and offers a tantalising taste of what awaits. Highlighting a collection of Helen Slater's glass sculptures, these projections of scenes transposed in bubble textured glass can only be fully appreciated with the warmth of the sunshine pouring into each work. Strikingly beautiful, these works fall into three groups, those featuring trees and scenes from locations while others are cameo studies of people, doors, suitcases and fireplaces. The third major work stands alone in the back section of the gallery like a stage set awaiting the actors' arrival.
The pieces that first greet you at the gallery's entrance are on white plinths along both walls.These works seem to follow a theme of nature and a fascination with trees. One work could have been sponsored by Scottish Power featuring the finer detail of power lines set in glass. The viewer is drawn to walk around the works and even peer over-the-top and through the pieces. Each piece very simple in composition, yet mysterious in subject without a description tag. The works conjure a desire to read poetry alongside viewing the pieces. Slater describes her work as having 'a narrative association.' The unique process of combining glass with photographs developed by Slater cries out to be touched and examined closely. It's like viewing several pages of a book at once, or cutting into a tiered cake. This exhibition runs until the 13th March 2016, and if you are looking for an enchanting artistic experience, take a stroll to 6 King Street OX2 6DF. It will definitely brighten your day.