17 August 2013
Title: Quartz Line Drawing
Medium: Clay on rock
Site: Lookout Point, Plettenberg Bay
The quartz lines run parallel to the ocean, emerging and disappearing at the landscapes mercy. I was drawn to where earth swallows it. I attempted to connect the same line again as it surfaces on the other side. Connecting the lines with clay gave me the time to think strategically about my practise. I was drawing a mind map, following nature’s logic rather than my own. I was learning from nature.
The painted lines became part of the landscape as soon as the first drizzle dissolved it. One can easily walk by and wonder if it’s an artwork or not. When I have the opportunity to listen to nature at length I am reminded of the fact that we think we know better. People often ask me if it is therapeutic, and it’s not. It’s a vivid reality check that we have to re-learn how to use our intellect. We have the capacity to solve the problems we have caused. When I make land artwork, I take time to strategize other functional and /or collaborative artworks that addresses environmental issues.
View a film of the process by Reney Warrington here