Lena Peters is a London-based storyteller whose Sheffield upbringing nurtured her passion for history and nature. These elements combined with her interest in folklore and mythology mean that her work dances between the real and the unreal, creating illustrative objects which work to embody a narrative.

Secrets of the Hidden North

The objects were discovered in 2015 in the woods of Northumberland National Park, just above Hadrian’s Wall, in the remains of a small settlement. According to archaeologists, they date from a period just previous to the construction of this wall; a time when the conflict between the invading Romans and the native Celtic Britons was at its peak. They are unique in terms of style, motif and decoration, but have clear Roman influences in some of the stories as well as in the form and design, whilst being simultaneously stylistically different enough for it to be obvious they were made by a different people. The objects in the images seem to be related to pagan rituals and worships, with an emphasis on nature and animals. Specifically, each image portrays the same woman in a variety of animal guises. Historians posit the theory that these objects were made by a group of combined Romans and Celtic Britons who chose to live outside of the conflict, living hidden just above the Roman territories until the fighting forced them to abandon their settlement. In this exhibition, we see their gods, their myths and their history for the first time.

EXHIBITIONS:

2017       Vases and Vessels at David Gill Gallery, London
2017       The Beginning with UKYA, Seoul, South Korea
2017       FRESH at the British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent
2017       Keramos at Prick Dalston, London
2017       Creative Unions at the Lethaby Gallery, London
2017       Graduate Showcase window at the Pangolin Gallery, Kings Cross, London
2017       New Designers – Part I, Business Design Centre, London
2017       Degree Show Two – Come Again – Central Saint Martins, London
2015       First year display window at the Pangolin Gallery, Kings Cross, London
2015       Tenderfoot, APG Works, Sheffield
2014       Tenderfoot, APG Works, Sheffield
2013       Tenderfoot, APG Works, Sheffield