1.2 The Garden

A large element in my vision for ‘Building Back Better’ and my new everyday normals is to take time out for meditation in my ‘wildlife’ garden. I have always been interested in wildlife and organic gardening.

Until 2018 we had three allotments. But due to travel and illness we were unable to keep it up to the draconian regime imposed by a new allotment committee. The allotment changed from a quiet organic haven shared with bees, butterflies and lizards to a round-upped desert and no-go area for anyone not interested in show-case vegetables.

So our garden is now both vegetable plot and wildlife garden shared with birds, squirrels and also rats.

This project brings together:

  • a sketchbook diary of new sketches from May 2021 to May 2022
  • ongoing photographs taken over a number of years
  • an animation building on photographs and animation in 2019 for my moving image personal development course.

Garden alive: Video diary and moving image

Linked to my sketchbook work I will also keep regular video recordings, on photographs and animation in 2019 for my moving image personal development course. The movie on the left is a soundless work was inspired by Stanley Brakhage. But I took many photographs throughout a summer day that would contribute to a longer and more considered narrative with sounds, inspired also by Maya Deren. This would contrast light, shadows and ‘movement in the undergrowth’ with shots of cute hedgehogs alongside corpses and devouring kestrels.