Drawing inspiration from the timeless writings of Gilbert White, local artist Jacqueline Amies has embarked on a captivating exhibition, Biophilia, at Gilbert White's House and Gardens which opened on April 9 and runs until June 23.

Over the last year, Jacqueline has made regular pilgrimages to Gilbert White’s House in Selborne, immersing herself in the natural splendour that once captivated the pioneering naturalist.

Jacqueline’s exploration of the house and its surrounding gardens has been a deeply immersive experience, echoing White's own practice of "watching narrowly".

With each visit she has keenly observed the ebb and flow of the seasons, noting the subtle changes in the landscape and the diverse array of insects and wildlife that call the gardens home.

Venturing beyond the confines of The Wakes, Jacqueline has also traversed the local landscapes mentioned in White's seminal work, The Natural History of Selborne, uncovering hidden gems like wild orchids at Noar Hill and rare birds on Shortheath Common.

These encounters with nature have left an indelible mark on Jacqueline, fostering a profound connection to the natural world and deepening her understanding of its intricacies.

Inspired by White's writings she has ventured further afield, seeking out endangered species like swifts and the swallowtail butterfly, whose habitats are now threatened.

At the heart of the Biophilia exhibition lies a mesmerising display of delicately arranged natural forms housed within technology boxes. This cabinet of curiosities beckons viewers to take a closer look at nature through a reimagined lens, inviting them to marvel at its beauty and complexity.

In addition the exhibition includes a vibrant display of postcards, alongside drawings depicting plants and wildlife inspired by the artist's observations. By momentarily escaping the digital world and immersing oneself in the wonders of nature, visitors are encouraged to cultivate a childlike curiosity that fosters understanding, appreciation and conversation about the natural world.

As guests wander through the Biophilia exhibition they are invited to embark on their own journey of discovery, guided by the spirit of Jacqueline Amies and the enduring legacy of Gilbert White.

In a world that often moves at breakneck speed, Biophilia reminds us of the beauty and wonder that can be found when we take the time to pause, observe and connect with the natural world.

Entry to the Biophilia exhibition is free with admission.

Bird drawing by Jacqueline Amies.
A drawing by Jacqueline Amies (Jacqueline Amies)

For more information about Gilbert White's House and Gardens and the exhibition, visit www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk.