What is left over that can tell us something about a place? What residue and marks convey its secrets? In this small shack on the northern shore of Sherkin Island, the old walls reveal the many pebbles and stones that make up their materiality, the nearby beach being abundant in natural resources for building. […]
Looking down at the ground, feeling the soft moist grass beneath my feet, that sense of connection and harmony with the earth is documented.
There is an emerging science pertaining how conductive contact with the Earth, which is also known as Earthing or grounding, is highly beneficial to our health and well-being. Earthing appears to minimize the consequences of exposure to potentially disruptive fields like “electromagnetic pollution” or “dirty electricity.”
This photograph was the starting point to a series of prints which began with a simple etching of my feet and visible clothing onto the plate; then adding more to the image with dry-point tools and some sandpaper.
Last Summer I slept for a week in a tipi. Learning the skills to construct these Native American Indian ‘houses’ involved collecting appropriately sized spruce poles, chopping off the stumps of the branches, and stripping the bark using a draw-knife in long sweeping movements.
Sheepskin rugs were my bed and a parafin lamp was my light. A fire could be lit inside if needed. I imagined how all the family would live and sleep together in this natural hand-made shelter, living communally off the land in peace and in harmony with nature.
A hand-made gesture of kind thought and intention, a greeting from one to another, to give thanks and love, while acknowledging the ways of the past, and those who had a deeper understanding of nature.
Squatting with the sickle in one hand and grabbing the peas and barley close to the ground to cut and place into neat piles on the land, row after row we work together to make provisions to feed the cows for the long winter ahead in the Zanskar Valley of north east India.
The sickle is a valuable tool that can help us to cultivate the land, which I believe to be of great importance in today’a climate. Likewise, with the hammer that can be our tool for building simple houses from natural materials, hence sustaining the earth’s precious resources and living closer to nature, so that we can be more connected , happy and healthy beings.
I would like to draw attention to these hand tools and search for ways that promote natural living through various mediums and art processes. New technologies continue to pull us away from the real pleasure of working with our hands, and people and the earth alike can benefit from this connection.