An exhibition exploring eerie representations of rural landscapes from the aftermath of the First World War to the present.
In his essay for the catalogue Robert Macfarlane explains that the eerie ‘involves that form of fear which is felt first as unease then as dread, and it tends to be incited by glimpses and tremors rather than outright attack. Horror specialises in confrontation and aggression; the eerie in intimation and intimidation.’
The exhibition is grouped into four overlapping themes: ancient landscapes; unquiet nature; absence and presence; and atmospheric effect. Artists represented include Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, John Piper, Monica Poole, Henry Moore, Ithell Colquhoun, Edward Burra, George Shaw, Ingrid Pollard, Laurence Edwards, Blaze Cyan and Annie Ovenden. Also featured are illustrations for the ghost stories of M R James and eerie artwork from the Ghost Box record label.