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“Hortulus Animae: Little Garden of the Soul” at David Simon Contemporary, SomersetOngoing works held from latest exhibition
Hortulus from the Latin “little garden” and Animae or Anima from “the soul”.
The title was also that of an extremely beautiful illustrated manuscript medieval prayer book featuring an enclosed monastic garden and herb garden.
The Hortus was also the name given to the central garden within Roman homes. A place to enjoy the notion of ‘Otium’ - A latin abstract term with a number of meanings, including: time at home, resting, contemplation and academic endeavours. It can have intellectual and virtuous implications. Activities that were considered in the Roman world to be Artistically valuable, or enlightening.
A time to contemplate, reconnect with nature and discover the beauty of the small things: hear the birds sing, watch the sunlight chase the dappled shadows, and see the garden grow and seasons change.