Chloë Holt

“Hortulus Animae: Little Garden of the Soul” at David Simon Contemporary, Somerset

Ongoing 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.

At David Simon Contemporary, Castle Cary, Bath. +44(0)1963 359 102 [email protected]

Monastic Bowl
Sanguinello
Lucia
Hydria
Vitis Vinifera
Octavius
Lararium
Cera
Terra Rossa
Illuminate
Reverie
Otium
Sunlight and Shadows
Janus
Viridarium
Reflections
Nasturtium I
Nasturtium II