Leonie Hampton Photography: A Language of Seeds

Hampton's lens captures the beauty of the natural world

Gallery 21
Until 5 Sep


Devon-based artist Léonie Hampton’s new body of work engages directly with the ecological emergency through a series of photographs that celebrate her vegetable garden, her family and friends, and the seeds in the collections at RAMM.

Hampton’s lens captures both the beauty of the natural world and draws our attention to the urgent climate crisis through images of the relationship between the human hand, body and mouth and the food she grows. Photographs of her bountiful, organic Devon garden are displayed alongside collections of seeds from Devon and across the world, donated to the museum over the past 150 years.

Hampton says of the commission: ‘Lockdown halted many of our social and economic man-made rhythms, giving time and space to the cycles of nature and our place within the sensuous natural world. Living in Devon the garden became a microcosm and together with my family, we reaped what we sowed in sustenance and metaphors. The seeds and vegetables cannot grow without us tending them, reminding us that gardening is reciprocity in action, a dynamic relationship that can be expanded universally and is central to our existence’.

Supported by Arts Council England. Sponsored by Digida Printing and Daniel Winter Framing.

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