They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but what is not mentioned is how transient it can be as well: soft silky skin gives way to wrinkles, a magnificent sandcastle gets swept away by the sea, pristine white snow turns to murky mush.
A View From A Window is an exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre which explores the work of Shelagh Wakely (1932–2011), whose pioneering installations focussed on ephemeral existence.
So if her art is meant to decay with the passage of time, what exactly is left to see? Well in the garden you will discover a recreation by her peer, Alison Waking, inspired by Wakely's garden a commission she undertook for St George's Hospital that was devoted to medicinal plants.
Inside you can see what remains of various desiccated fruit. A clementine, pear, and pineapple are now so withered that only the wire frame surrounding it is still intact.
Other items, while still surviving are perishable and fragile, such as as unbaked clay, abstract drawings, and a floor mosaic made from ground turmeric.