The Muse at 269
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
269 Portobello Road London W11 1LR

Susan Eyre is interested in the search for the sublime within the man made environment.Working with textiles, screen print, digital print and a technique of cutting and heat fusing materials she creates both two and three dimensional pieces which combine and contrast natural and synthetic fabrics to echo themes within her work. Eyre invites the viewer to look beyond the un-romanticised reality of urban life to discover an illusory world that is inauthentic yet familiar. Reflecting on personal and shared cultural influences she engages with fantasies of secret gardens, archetypal romantic scenes and ideas of paradise to construct her landscapes. Images absorbed from advertising media, film and fiction are regurgitated into her work exposing the collective vision of a perfect natural world as illusion. Ambiguously desirable these false landscapes acknowledge an urge to create a space that is a haven of beauty and harmony. Inspired by a prevalent nostalgia for a utopian idyll amid the fragmented and synthetic experience of nature, her work explores the gap where reality falls short of aspiration.