There is a wild mystery to the woodlands. The interlacing canopy of trees, tall trunks like columns, untamed growth of the forest floor, and all the animals that find shelter there make it a magical place where anything can happen. In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, he fills the woods with all manner of creatures, fairies, and enchantments, that the humans in the story become a part of. In Roald Dahl’s The Minpins, the forest represents an overwhelming world of majestic trees, where little people live in the trees and have tiny roads by connecting branches. In C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, there is a castle made of ice that lies in the heart of a frozen forest, where the White Witch keeps a spell over Narnia whereby it is always winter. Forests and glades have always served as inspiration for writers and artists to create a world of mystery and enchantment–the woodlands are challenging and untamed, a place where anything can happen.
Enchanted Woodlands exhibition was held at the Mill Studios at 123 Leverington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA from 6 to 9pm on Friday, December 7th, 2018.