Oak Trees Lullingstone Park – ‘Quaint Crinkle-Crankle Goth’

‘Quaint crinkle-crankle goth’ is a quotation from one of Samuel Palmer’s letters, a neologism he used to describe something he was striving for in his work. In advance of the gothic revival in England during the later half of the…

Oak Trees Lullingstone Park - 'Quaint Crinkle-Crankle Goth'

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‘Quaint crinkle-crankle goth’ is a quotation from one of Samuel Palmer’s letters, a neologism he used to describe something he was striving for in his work. In advance of the gothic revival in England during the later half of the 18th c. Palmer was traipsing through the mud and fields in Shoreham and seeing vaulting arches in the trees. In the 1820s Palmer lived in self-imposed rural exile in the town of Shoreham, Kent. Palmer would walk the whole day to reach Shoreham from the Old Kent Road in south London. Palmer was an autodidact and his weird, visionary, borderline psychedelic images from this period were at odds with aesthetic sensibilities of the time. A series of large watercolour and ink drawings from this period depict the ancient oak trees of Lullingstone Park in Shoreham. Some of these trees still stand today, and one in particular bears a striking resemblance to a tree from Palmer’s suite of drawings. Since the summer of 2012 I have been making frequent trips to the park and filming these trees. The films are all made on Super 8mm, old technologies seem to suit.

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