the coming to know my patch of the earth is a conduit for coming to know the whole earth

Greer Taylor - my patch - Nan Tien Temple 2021
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Chan ∙ Art ∙ Sculpture Competition is an annual exhibition installed in the grounds of the Nan Tien Temple in Berkley, NSW

Statement:

How do we ‘know’ something as complex as the earth, as complex as nature?

While we cannot ever know everything about nature we can come to know it better, to allow it to seep into our bones… and getting to know a small part is a way to do that – in fact it is the only way to do it. Most of what we will come to know will not be ‘consciously known’ but will seep into our being, the most powerful knowing of all — because it teaches us we are the land and the land is us. Yes this thinking is contrary to what we are currently too often taught, but I find the status quo hard to accept — it seems ever more contrary to nature as our current predicaments demonstrate.

We are in a time where regeneration is required: regeneration of both the land and of our minds. These both happen in a local (my patch) way first then spiral out to the wider world.

the coming to know my patch of the earth is a conduit for coming to know the whole earth
stainless steel, copper, medical felt, fallen sticks, cotton thread, recycled wood, wooden beads, rock, fish hooks, paper, 165 x 150 x 110 cm, 2020

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Regeneration  requires mending, repairing, retensioning, rewinding, regrowing, reseeing, reusing, respect, rethinking, reconnecting to ourselves as being ‘of nature’ (an act of finding our humility), it also requires letting go of control and an acceptance of allowing. Allowing nature to make the repairs that only she knows how to make — this requires working with nature’s systems, those that she has put in place over 3 billion years. It requires seeing that each part of nature is required to repair nature: animals, plants, microbes, soil… our job is to make space for this to happen and to not continue to destroy or diminish that which gives us life.

This installation uses a diversity of materials and techniques; each material and each technique drawing into connection different aspects, known and unknown… the strange scratching at the back of your throat as you consider the recycled hardwood – as your body remembers the tree from whence it came, the colour pink — soft… a sunset, a rock, a tongue; the shimmer of copper reminding of the stone from which it was drawn; the softness of felt grown and carried in wind and rain on the back of sheep; the sense of tension holding up a square cloud with the discomfort of fish hooks… the blanket stitching sparking memory of a childhood comfort, the crumpled paper grown by tree yet something we easily discard…

So this works materials and structure are its meaning: mending, repairing, retensioning, rewinding, regrowing, reseeing, reusing, respect, rethinking, reconnecting…

Chan ∙ Art ∙ Sculpture Competition exhibition dates were: 25 December 2020 — 28 March 2021

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