Art in Soil

Pop Gallery -2017

Let’s Get Dirty is an Art in Soil initiative by Soil Science Australia and informed by the arts industry to engage the public with the importance of soil


Title – Country, Ground, Earth, Sand, Time and Space – 2017


Soil, aluminium, string, electro-mechanicals.

1.8 x 1.8 x 4(h)m


Our lands and soil commodified, owned – colonised.
As an artist with Australian Indigenous heritage I use earth pigments,
ochres, rocks and soil to build stories of relationship to land and

In investigating issues of disruptions to my heritage, I intrinsically
connect with realities of historic and ongoing disrespect for the
diverse ecology of our lands and soils.
This time based kinetic work combines programmable technological
machinery that erodes soils, exposes substrates and build stories and
creates residues.

Over the course of the exhibition the stratification of local soils,
unnaturally placed in a vertical column is eroded or re-placed as its
restrictive binding is slowly pulled from the structure, releasing the
layers of different soil structures back to a natural form. This
repositions the displaced, previously stratified layers of soils to
create a new landscape on the horizontal surface below.

By creating a soil-based, interactive, kinetic work that operates over
a period of weeks, a ‘landscape’ will be created that metaphorically
addresses and speaks to the creation and destruction of soils on
which we are dependent on for life, and invite contemplation and

Using new and old knowledge systems about our soil we stand to, as
a community and individuals, have a symbiotic relationship with the
soil that sustains us physically, culturally and spiritually, maintaining
the histories, health and perpetuity within the biology of soil.