Transylvania Florilegium: Wildflowers of Romania: 12 April to 5 May 2019

The National Museum of Art, Romania, Bucharest
Curator: Irina Neacșu.

The Transylvania Florilegium is a collection of watercolour drawings of rare grasses and wildflowers growing in the meadows and pastures of Transylvania, one of Europe’s last medieval landscapes. It was created under the umbrella of The Prince of Wales’s Foundation Romania to record the flora living there.  

Fay spent two weeks in July 2016 drawing plants in Viscri and Zalanpatak, working alongside fellow artists. Hers included Elecampane, found in a ditch at the edge of meadow-scrub boundary, 4km north of Viscri. A medicinal plant for chest and stomach ailments, its root drunk with vodka in Russia, and associated with Helen of Troy, said to be carrying a bunch of this when Paris abducted her. Its popular name in Transylvania is ‘Helen’s Tears’.


Forthcoming Exhibition - Travelling Companions: 2 March to 10 April 2020

Presented by CRASSH, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge.

Curator: Dr Ro Spankie, Principal Lecturer and Course Leader for Interior Architecture at University of Westminster and author of ‘Revisiting Sigmund Freud’s Diagrams of the Mind’ (Freud Museum London).

 A second collaboration with Judy Goldhill, exploring personal belongings as travelling companions to the self through life. And the stars as travelling companions of a different sort, helping to navigate journeys and offering an anchor in the wilderness.

 An events programme is being planned, further details to follow.