Daniel & Clara: The Lost Estate

Castle and Marketplace

The Lost Estate is a new photographic series of six large-scale images by artists Daniel & Clara which explores the relationship between humans and the natural world through imagined narratives, taking place in the gardens of a country estate.

The country estate, house and formal garden was a common feature of the English rural landscape in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century. Formal garden design looked to the work of European landscape painters such as Claude Lorrain and Nicholas Poussin for inspiration, presenting owners with an idealised version of nature in the garden’s conception. These same landscapes were admired and celebrated by the Norwich School of Artists. Inspired by these multiple histories (and possible futures) The Lost Estate explores and expands on these visual traditions.

Daniel & Clara are based in Essex, UK. They work across moving image, photography, performance, and mail art to explore the nature of human experience, perception and reality. The Lost Estate was commissioned by Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and supported by High House Artist Residency. The exhibition is sponsored by East Anglia Art Fund.

Image: Daniel & Clara, A sudden downpour (The Lost Estate), 2023. Commissioned by Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery © courtesy the artist.