Birmingham-based artist Sharon Baker has been announced as the winner of this year’s Westmorland Landscape Prize. Conceived and developed by Westmorland, the Prize aims to document, celebrate and interrogate our relationship with the landscape.
Westmorland, with Selectors Cherie Federico, Anne Desmet RA and Hazel Stone awarded Sharon Baker’s Packwood Fragment 14 the £10,000 First Prize. Packwood Fragment 14 is one of a series of prints based on images of a topiary garden at Packwood House, Warwickshire. The garden is depicted as a ‘hyper-green alien landscape’, striking, startling and synthetic. It has been manipulated into an aesthetic that may pass as beautiful, but that has little or no resemblance to the landscape’s natural form. As an artist, Sharon is interested in the subjective nature of value, particularly in the form of what human beings choose to keep and what they choose to discard. Packwood Fragment 14 interrogates the value that we place in regulated beauty and questions the morality of the dominion that we attempt to hold over the natural world.
Sharon’s work is presented alongside that of another 70 artists at the Rheged Centre, Penrith from 13 September – 10 November 2019.