Simon Bayliss Paradise Haunts (Hestercombe), 2015–16
Simon Bayliss’ tea towel design was conceived during an artist residency at Hestercombe, a landscape garden and historic country house gallery in rural Somerset. Simon spent much of his time roaming the 18th century gardens, responding to the setting through painting en plein air and writing poetry. During the residency Simon explored the theme of Arcadia within queer literature and film, as a pastoral utopia away from the scrutiny of society. The phrase ‘Paradise Haunts’ comes from a remark by filmmaker Derek Jarman, who said ‘paradise haunts gardens and it haunts mine’, in reference to his famous shingle garden on the coast near Dungeness nuclear power station.
The culmination of Simon’s residency was the exhibition Arcadia at Hestercombe Gallery. Other recent solo exhibitions include Frantic Romantic at Eastside Projects, Birmingham. Simon initiated and runs Artist Tea Towel Company. He is one half of the collective art duo BLISS (with Lucy Stein) who recently presented the exhibition REGRESSION at Kingsgate Workshops, London; hosted the film, music and performance event SAMHAIN at CAST, Cornwall, and produces the monthly radio show Squirming the Worm on NTS. He is based in St Ives, Cornwall.
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