i know this land is loved (meditations on a living system)
This video and performance was created as the first virtual artist in residence at the Maine Farmland Trust's Joseph A. Fiore Art Center in July 2020. I wanted to create a performance and installation which could open up a conversation about how when we re-frame our experience of food to include an intimate understanding of the living system which allows plants to grow, we can restructure the system our food is grown in. The issues of public health, land health, individual health, growth, and nourishment are all connected but can be made invisible in everyday life. As popular industrial agricultural practices have decreased soil health, public health, and food sovereignty, there is a lot of repair work to be done.
The product is this video, a meditation on agriculture as a living system. It was created after many generous conversations, readings, interviews, and podcasts about regenerative agricultural practices.
Everything is cyclical here, seasons, actions, sounds, reverberations. One farmer said that bugs, birds, bees, worms are heartbeats of the soil. Moving animals everyday. Planting agroforests. It's all a part of a bigger picture, where everything is connected. What ways can we decolonize our relationship to the land? How can we restore our intimacy?
Instruments were created by me out of copper pipes, discarded wood, studio scraps, beautiful but cracked or broken ceramic pots created by Claire di Salvo, and some ceramic beds made by me.