Project Minimal: Eighth page

There is much bushland around where I live and I walk the trails regularly. Teenagers on bicycles & mountain bikes and older lads on motorbikes are systematically destroying areas of the bush; chopping down trees, pulling out shrubs and native plants and hacking away at ground cover. All this to make ‘jumps’ they can then ride their vehicles over.

I’ve numerous issues with this, not the least of which is that I often see them destroying nature and building sand and dirt hills but in all the years I’ve been walking these areas I’ve NEVER seen a single person use them for pleasure and ride over them.

Walking the trails recently after several weeks of very heavy rain I was amazed to see the state of these hillocks. The rain had been so intense and lashed the ground so ferociously that it had managed to totally re-engineer them. Obviously they were built from sandy earth (maybe limestone) and small rocks, pebbles and clumped mud. They now resemble millions of tiny stalagmites.

Source photo:

Finished print:

300gsm Hahnemuhle warm white paper, tissue chine colle, oil-based printing ink

Wouldn’t it be great if these structures continue to erode and nature reclaims its space and new life springs up? Little hope of that, I suspect.

About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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3 Responses to Project Minimal: Eighth page

  1. Mary Hedges says:

    Here’s hoping!

  2. kathrynkerr says:

    Loving this series!

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