in the groove

Combining a strong sense of formal structure with a sensual delight in texture, the works on show emphasise the sheer range of Hermes’s invention, from the cheeky sketches of toads to the haunting Undercurrents (1938) print, where a vast pike lurks beneath carefree swimmers who are blissfully unaware. By relating these works to contemporary poetry and sculpture, as well as to personal experiences, this exhibition will uncover the roots of Hermes’s fertile creative imagination. Though cut into a solid block, the spiralling grooves of her prints pulse with the energy and movement of living nature.

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