The Unearth Art Collective of UK, US and UAE artists
Wow! Feels like only weeks ago we began our journey together! I was sure I had written a blog about this whilst it has been an active project since May but I seem to have not. Ran by Unearth, of which I participated in a virtual exhibition last year, the collective has met monthly to develop individual and group projects. I had felt I was going to make some photographs in the woods, my "garden of death" I've been documenting for some time, but I was taken with the idea of making a new film. I had pencilled in to create my digital version of my 2022 solo show First Exhibition and also to start production on documentary Tanzania '68 but the opportunity to work with Unearth based in America and create new work and gain new experiences took priority.
Put loosely, our conversation, thoughts and somewhat fears have latched onto the topic of technology and its relation to nature: human nature, nature around us, psychological nature etc. and this has been intrinsically linked with our practices and lives. Often in conversation, our damning of tech has given to realisation that through technology we are able to talk to each other despite being in New York, London, Chicago... realising the delicate balance of what is "good and what is"bad" about technology as a tool, a premise or somewhat an organism of its own. After these meetings and deep thought, I have developed and began shooting a new film piece called Spirit that explores these ideas and fears as well as my own meditation on the aesthetics of nature. Something that through forest bathing and meditation I have come much further to appreciate, notice and care for.