• Exhibition
© Martin Borden, exhibition, Galerie B-312, 1994.
15 October 1994 to 12 November 1994

And the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasing to the eye and good to eat, and also the tree of life in the middle of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And the Lord God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it.

Genesis 2: 9,15

The idea of the garden as a meeting point between the natural and human worlds emerges from the fertile soil of images that myth, science, religion and language have deposited in our minds. Some of our most deeply rooted notions about our place in the living world take root in this subterranean landscape. The tree of life, the first man and the fall, the desert, culture, fertility rites and worship form a knot of paths that describe the relationship of dependence, sometimes made of contradictions and exploration, that links us to the green world. The "third nature", or created space of the garden, and particularly the male figure of the gardener or topiarus (topos = place, topiarus = the man responsible for the place), is not only the main subject of this work but also the metaphor from which the form and methodology of the exhibition was developed.

Martin Borden

And their eyes were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed together fig leaves for aprons.

Genesis 3:7

The private garden has perhaps been the most problematic type of landscape this century... yet gardens reflect the deep symbolic meanings and myths that nature holds.

Stuart Wrede and William Howard Adams, introduction à:
Denatured Visions, Landscape and Culture in the Twentieth Century
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

But the Glory of the garden is greater than what our eyes see. Because where the laurel eyes grow, along the little red wall, are the stores of tools that are the heart of everything. Rudyard Kipling, The Glory of the Garden The history of gardens and like the study of icebergs: we only see a small part of them above, while the most important is underneath.

Christopher Thacker, The History of Gardens, University of California Press