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Swalevine

Non native vines, native vines, earth art, land art, environmental art
SWALEVINE (2016) Installed on the grounds of Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely MD for the “Artists in dialogue with nature” Outdoor Sculpture Invitational. Approximately 75ft long by 5ft high by 7ft wide including the swale. Cut vines, mainly grapevines (vitis sp.); fallen branches; native passionflower vine (passiflora incarnata) This installation draws influence from the issue of native and non-native species in MD and the US. Photo by Greg Dohler

Earth transfer (second phase), mound (or anticline)

stone circle, anticline, moss, earthwork, land art, environmental art, henge
EARTH TRANSFER (SECOND PHASE), MOUND OR ANTICLINE 2015/16 Outer diameter approx. 16ft with a 6ft diameter area of moss surrounded by rotting cedar mulch. Lake Roland Park, Baltimore MD, 2015 to present. Installation for the Art on the Trail exhibition. Photo by Greg Dohler

Pollinator Hexagon 2016

Pollinator plants, earthart, land art, passionflower, mountain mint, stone circle, bluestone
POLLINATOR HEXAGON 2016 Lake Roland Park, Baltimore MD, Art on the Trail. 18ft diameter circle with colonial wallstone, bluestone (found close by), coal and soil, mountain mint, passionflower, cut vine. This installation hopes to raise awareness of the importance of pollinator plants in the MD ecosystem.

The worship of Basalt (pt. 1)

Basalt, hexagon, stone, land art, earth art
THE WORSHIP OF BASALT (Pt. 1) 2014 Installed on the Beach near Reykjavik airport, Reykjavik, Iceland. Basalt boulder surrounded by small basalt stones with kelp attached. The hexagonal shape reflects the form basalt takes when deposited in large layers on the sea floor.

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About ashley

Ashley Kidner is a Baltimore based earth artist. Kidner works with a variety of media including drawing, painting, photography and box assemblage but focuses now on environmental or land art. Kidner has run his own landscape company (International Landscaping and Design) for the past 26 years, working mainly in stone, water and native plants. Landscaping has proved to be a great inspiration for his installation art, especially work that has involved environmental factors such as rain gardens, bio... more

Swalevine 2016

This installation was part of the "Artists in dialogue with nature" outdoor invitational at Adkins Arboretum, installed in late spring/early summer 2016. The installation was constructed using mainly non-native grape vines cut from the surrounding forest. The vines were twisted together to form a long (approx 85'), snaking sculpture which followed the course of a swale which may have been a road at some point in time. In the construction of the installation, dead branches were blown off and dropped into the swale, these branches were dug into the ground and used to support the heavy mass of vines. The sculpture was deemed finished when the vines became too heavy to manipulate. The native vine passionflower (passiflora incarnata), was planted at the beginning of the swalevine. The installation brings up the subject of native and non-native species and their battle for dominance in the american ecosystem.

The worship of Basalt part 1 & 2, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2014

Installation on beach in Reykjavik, Iceland. Location directly at the end of runway for Reykjavik airport. A large basalt boulder (approx. 3ft long) lying secluded from the surrounding rocks was selected for the installation. Small basalt stones with kelp attached were selected then dragged across the sand and placed with the stones facing the boulder. The action of dragging the stones across the sand (which had a light dusting of snow on it) left interesting lines on the beach. The installation was performed 2 times on consecutive days (high tide washing away the stones overnight); in part 1 a hexagon was formed around the boulder, in part 2 the shape was an outline of the boulder.

Art on the Trail, Lake Roland Park, Baltimore, MD, 2014-Present

These project are part of the Art on the Trail series of installations started in 2014 at Lake Roland Park, Baltimore.
The first installation, Earth Transfer winter phase, was installed in the winter of 2014/15 and involved marking out 2 12ft diameter circles and digging the earth out from the southern circle (creating a depression or syncline) then transferring the soil to the northern circle (creating a mound or anticline). Stone found further along the trail was placed on the southern circle, while the northern circle was covered with large magnolia leaves.

In the second phase (winter 2015) moss was installed in a 6ft diameter in both circles. The southern depression had stones filled around it while the northern mound had rotting cedar mulch (collected further along the trail) placed around the moss. This installation draws influence from the burial barrows and stone circles found in the British Isles, in addition to the geology and history of the surrounding area especially the disused railway line, production of gunpowder, and serpentine geology. The installation places an emphasis on the physical action of transferring the soil from one location to another.

The second installation for Art on the trail is called Pollinator Hexagon and was installed in the winter of 2016. In this installation a circle of 18ft diameter was defined using colonial wallstone, bluestone found 45ft to the east was used to form the hexagon, this bluestone must have remained from the railway line. The inside hexagon had a cut vine planted and attached to a nearby tree, while the soil contained coal (from the railway line) and was planted with the native plants mountain mint (pycanthemum muticum) and passionflower vine (passiflora incarnata) both sources of food for wasps and bees, thus important pollinator plants. The installation took 3 days to complete with the help Nan McKay, Denis Radford and Salvadore Da Silva.
This installation hopes to challenge the observer into considering how important pollination is to the MD (and American) landscape and agricultural industry. The events of 2016 in MD have seen the State pass the Maryland Pollinator Protection Act which bans homeowners from using pesticides containing neonicotinoids, which has been associated with the decline of bee colonies.

  • earth transfer with stone, wood and moss. Lake Roland Park, Baltimore

    Southern depression or henge; Fall phase; 6 ft moss circle surrounded by stone found nearby, mainly quartz, some stone containing serpentine (overall diameter approx. 12ft) Photo by Greg Dohler
  • Earth transfer (second phase) 2015/16

    circles, burial mounds
    Earth transfer (second phase). This panorama shows both the depression (left of picture) and the mound. Picture taken in the spring
  • Earth transfer (1st phase)

    Depression, stone circle, earth art
    Southern depression or henge; Winter phase 2014/15;Constructed with stone (mainly quartz, some serpentine) found further north just off the trail, probably brought in for use on the railway line. The line through the middle of the stone points north/south, north being away from the camera towards the mound or barrow.
  • Earth Transfer (1st phase)

    Barrow, mound, earthwork
    Northern mound or barrow; Winter phase 2014/15: the mound was covered with native magnolia leaves found nearby.
  • Earth transfer with stone, wood and moss

    Northern mound or barrow; Fall phase; 6ft diameter moss circle surrounded by rotting cedar mulch found nearby. Photo by greg Dohler
  • Earth transfer (second phase) mound

    earthwork, land art, moss, burial mound
    Detail of Earth transfer (second phase) mound or anticline
  • Earth transfer (second phase): Depression or anti-cline

    earthwork, land art, moss, burial mound
    Earth Transfer (second phase) depression or anticline: moss and stone (quatrz and moss)
  • Pollinator Hexagon

    Mountain mint, passionflower, bluestone, colonial gallstone, dry laid stone,
    18ft diameter circle defined with colonial wallstone. Inside hexagon approx 6ft between opposite sides constructed with bluestone found 45ft east of installation.The central planting area consists of a slightly depressed grade with a mix of soil and coal. The hexagonal area was planted with Mountain Mint (pycanthemum muticum) and Passionflower (passsiflora incarnata) with a cut grapevine providing the trellis for the Passionflower vine.
  • Pollinator Hexagon

    pollinators, hexagon, bluestone, mountain mint,
    Close up of Central hexagon, constructed with bluestone slabs found nearby. 2 holes are visible in the bluestone, there was a metal rope running through the stone which may have served some purpose related to the railway line.This central area is planted with mountain mint (pycanthemum muticum).

Blakeney Point Flint Project #5 (cairn with fire and henge) Norfolk, England, 2007

Installed on Blakeney Point, Norfolk, England.
December 28th-31st 2007
Circle diameter 20ft, height of cairn 3ft
Blakeney Point Flint Project #5 was the culmination of 4 previous installations (or sketches) in exactly the same location on the western side of a large sand dune just above normal high tide. Flint was collected from the surrounding area and sorted into 6 colors; white, blue, light blue, black, tan, red. The position of the cairn and henge were marked, sand was excavated from the henge to form the mound for the cairn. The different colored flints were then placed to form the outer circle (white), henge (blue) and cairn (light blue, black, tan and red). Washed up vegetation (jetsam and flotsam) were placed in the henge.
Dry driftwood was collected and used to build a fire on the top of the cairn. The installation was a homage to the Neolithic stone circles found throughout the British Iles.

Nature Art in the Park, Leakin Park, Baltimore, 2014/15

These works are part of the Nature Art in the Park installations organized by Doug Retzler. This is an exhibition of nature based art installations created along the trails and fields of Leakin Park in western Baltimore city.
The first installation, Well of Passion, was constructed in a small depression using cut vines, mainly the invasive wisteria chinensis. 1 vineball was placed in the "well" while the other was suspended (again using cut vines) from a tree above the well.
The second installation, Fiddlehead Rising, was constructed using stone which had fallen from an old wall running close to the installation, and again cut wisteria chinensis vines. The stones were placed in a spiral form representing the unfurling of fiddleheads in ferns, with a vine atttached to the tip of the stone, stretching to a nearby tree. A vineball was suspended from the vine.

Selected Installations

A selection of installations in England and USA

  • Beach circles, Deer Isles MA 2009

    Circles in sand on the beach in Deer Isles. MA
  • Gunpowder River project 2007

    Installation on the Gunpowder river, Phoenix MD. Sneezeweed flowers, freshwater mussels and butterfly weed used to mark the mud cracks on the Gunpowder river. The mussels marked out a 20ft diameter circle on the river bed while the level was low.
  • Gunpowder river project 2007

    Pages from sketchbook.
  • Blackwater project 2009

    North side of river This photo shows the leaves transported from the south side of the river and placed in a 10ft diameter circle on the north side of the Blackwater river. This piece talks about the runoff of fertilizer from farmland close to the river and the continuing pollution of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Blackwater project 2009

    Southern side of river; Blackwater River on the Eastern shore of Maryland. This project involved transferring 2 circles of surface debris (10ft in diameter) from one side of the Blackwater river to the other. This was done using a kayak towing a small barge. This photo shows the fine mud transported from the north side of the river and placed in a circle on the south side.
  • Marsh circle #2 2012

    Outney common, near Bungay, Suffolk, England. Cow manure circle 24ft in diameter.
  • Marsh circle #2 2012

    Installed on Outney common, near Bungay, Suffolk, England. Cow manure used to mark a 24ft diameter circle in the grass
  • Chestnut Ivy installation 2014

    Bouldry's Island in the river Waveney on Outney Common, near Bungay, Suffolk, England. Chestnuts attached to ivy hanging from a fallen tree.
  • Chestnut Ivy installation 2014

    Installed on Bouldry's Island in the middle of the waveney river, which runs through Outney Common near Bungay, Suffolk, England. Chestnut "conkers" were attached to ivy hanging from a tree which had fallen, it's roots were eroded by the river.
  • Jannis Kounellis stone wall 2002

    This wall was installed as part of the 2002 Arte Povera show in the Hirshhorn museum in DC. We followed the instructions of the artist to create a free standing dry laid wall that was visible from both sides using local stone, in this case western MD fieldstone.

Basalt stone projects, Reykjavik, Iceland

These photographs document 3 projects installed on the beach near Reykjavik airport.
2009 Basaltic Hexagon project; Basalt stones were collected and placed in a hexagonal pattern, each hexagon approx. 3ft in width. The pattern reflects the nature of basalt when emerging from the earth, it often forms large hexagonal layers. The installation was started at low tide, I then worked until high tide started to lap on to the completed hexagons.
2010 Basalt high tide markers; In this project I guessed at the position of high tide on the shoreline. Then basalt was collected and placed to mark high tide. The next day when I visited the installation and found that I had marked the high tide mark accurately; below the basalt stones on the ocean side the beach was frozen, above the stones on the landward side the basalt remained unfrozen.
2012 Basalt circle; Basalt was collected and placed in a 12ft diameter circle with a hexagonal shape in the middle, this was installed at low tide. At high tide the circle was slowly flooded out and destroyed.

Blakeney Point Flint Projects 2-4 & 6, 2005/09

Flint Earth work projects installed on Blakeney Point, a small sand bar on the Norfolk coast in England. The installations involved arranging stones (flint) in circles after sorting them into different colors.
The installations 2 through 4 were more like sketches for Blakeney Point flint Project #5. Project #6 was the last installation I did and involved returning the area to it's natural state, once the installation had been photographed.

Box Constructions

Assemblages: Wood, stone, oil paint, sand, photographs, natural and manmade objects.

paintings and drawings

mail art and drawings: pencil and water colors