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Artist's weekly task was to capture the magic of Queen's Wood

PUBLISHED: 09:39 13 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:48 07 September 2010

Every week for a year, Emily Ault made a painting in Queen s Wood, Highgate, which she finds a magical place - not least because it is hemmed in by the city. For this project, she devised a wood-painting kit, including mosquito repellent, thermal vest and

Every week for a year, Emily Ault made a painting in Queen's Wood, Highgate, which she finds a magical place - not least because it is hemmed in by the city.

For this project, she devised a wood-painting kit, including mosquito repellent, thermal vest and stout boots, and painted on offcuts of panelling and plywood.

The results can be seen in In The Woods - an intriguing exhibition opening tomorrow at the Highgate Gallery at Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution.

After a career in television, video and film production, Ault studied children's book illustration at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

The wood paintings were a deliberate move away from illustration but have a narrative quality.

"There is a sense of something just happened or about to happen in all of them," she says.

It relates to "the stillness and hidden spaces just glimpsed and the role that woodland plays in myths and fairy tales whose origins are as obscure and ancient as the woods themselves".

In The Woods runs until January 29 at 11 South Grove Highgate. Open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 1pm to 5pm, Saturday 11am to 4pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm.

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