Above: 'Bored, Ironing'
Ever Garden has been created by the artist Ever Grainger MRSS; an elected member of The Royal Society of Sculptors. It was devised as a place to set sculpture and installation within - blending the spaces of home, museum, gallery and garden.
Ever, (pronounced as in the phrase ‘ever been?’) has exhibited nationally and internationally since 2003, most recently showing two works that were on display last year here at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022. For Ever Garden, some works she has made invite touch and interaction, some create encounters with installations inside, others set out to make or remember experiences with her playful outdoor works.
For 2022, she has also invited guest artists to site or make work within the context of its built fabric or social history. These include Steve Baxter, Barbara Gowan, Lisa Heath, Lisa Traxler and Kathy Williams.
Detail of the installation 'Spilt Ilk' on one of the original dressers inside. A collection of old cast glass jugs filled with lime cement as used in the recent conservation work repairing the chalk stone walls of the cottage.
'Wood Turner Burner' - a fire for one of the fireplaces made from blocks of wood cut and split for firewood, copper leaf gilding and brass strips as flames. Mounted on a set of gears, with a hand wheel to the front.
Detail of the installation inside 'Cave' in a corner under some shelving. Jelly moulds, enamel paint, silicone, jesmonite, foam, fishing line and weights, lace, stainless steel bar forms, dipped rubber and chalk stones.
Transformation and Conservation
After and before images of some of the conservation, landscaping and artwork installations since 2018.
The rear area that once housed chickens is now a split level courtyard. The original tin shed is still standing and has prompted the further use of corrugated steel around the garden (as well as a general theme of rust!).
Cement render removed from the walls and damaged chalk stones replaced and repointed with lime mortar to allow the chalk to breathe. On the dresser is an install 'Chalk from Cheese' made with spare pieces, to the right 'Trifle Towers'.
New pathways created from scratch edged with Corten steel and filled with local flint gravel within gravel grids to ensure good drainage. A low boundary of corrugated tin and hazel uprights weaves around balls of Pittosporum.