On Decay

Charleston Festival of the Garden, East Sussex
7.00pm, 14 July 2023

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At the Charleston Festival of the Garden, Edmund de Waal was in conversation reflecting on the beauty and importance of decay

Every autumn, we witness decay on a grand scale as leaves fall and gardens die back for the winter, leaving only shapes and structures behind. But what value can be found in decay? In ‘Perdendosi’, his recent collaborative work with photographer Norman McBeath, de Waals’s text ‘Twelve Leaves’, sits alongside 12 photographs of leaves undergoing this transformation, becoming more like parchment than plant, taking up the most extraordinary shapes and revealing unique personalities. See decay with fresh eyes as we consider the beauty of the natural skeletons it leaves behind.

Photography: Lewis Ronald