More about Ever Garden's creator
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 long term project - a place to make sculpture and installations in response to, blending and re-inventing the spaces of museum, gallery and garden.
Ever (pronounced as in the phrase 'ever and ever') has been based on the Isle of Wight since 2008. She has a history of undertaking residencies and working with archives and heritage as both curator and artist. Her work has often responded to spaces and the environment around them, investigating and expressing artworks evolved through a dialogue between artist, matter and form.
She has workshops nearby where she creates the larger outdoor work for the garden. Materials worked with most recently include stainless and corten steels, oak and ash, local chalk and iron stone, silicone, sand, soft fabrics, glass and mirror - and plants!
Images above show some of the artworks made for the cottage currently installed: 'Bored, Ironing', pieces of 'Cheese from Chalk' and a close up of 'Spilt Ilk' on one of the dressers inside.
The work 'Forks Lift' being assembled in the welding workshop nearby; a close up of the heads of 'The Quiverin', both installed in the garden; and a group shot of the 'Pause' stones, since installed in a 'shrine' inside.
Softer materials works created for inside spaces include 'Soft Rock Ensemble' and the installation 'Cave'. An annexe gallery now features works made available for sale to raise funds for ongoing artwork production and conservation.
Ever Grainger studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art, UCE, graduating 2003. Early work on graduation was selected for New Contemporaries and subsequent residencies were invited for New Art Gallery Walsall and Cultural City Network, Graz.
She also has an MA in (Fine Art) Photography at LCC, University of the Arts London, focussing on 'the photograph as object' graduating in 2009. Work was subsequently added to the UAL public collection and featured in exhibitions including the Gothenburg Museum of Art in Sweden. From a residency in 2010 with the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust, work created there was added to the public collection of the National Media Museum.
From 2016, her focus returned to the broader sculptural field and began a period of investigating the production of exterior sculpture exploring the possibilities of working with domestic and garden spaces as well as with the geology and coastline of the island. Specialist skills were acquired in metal-work, woodwork, mould-making and casting and in 2017 workshops set up to facilitate the development of larger exterior work and more complex interior works. A search for a place to create and showcase sculpture began soon after. In 2018, an 18th Century cottage and its garden within the same village as her workshops was identified and a major personal commitment made to secure it going forward.