John Muir Fellowship, Is Soil Alive? Natalie Taylor

The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.

Wendell Berry

The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

Natalie Taylor, our 2021/22 John Muir Fellowship artist, is working with us in the Dunbar community between August 2021 – August 2022, exploring the theme; ‘Is Soil alive?’

The first collaborative artwork, made during a series of free workshops in Dunbar was the Keepers of the Soil cape, a ceremonial cloak designed to be worn by different people to express an interest in particular soils. The cape is used for collecting significant soils to be added into the soil collection, ‘For the Love of Soils – A People’s Collection

Other workshops planned include exploring our relationship with soil through wild plant foraging workshops with Anna Canning from FloraMedica, an art walk in the storm devastated John Muir Woods at Belhaven, and creative drawing workshops responding to microscope images of tiny soil creatures. If you would like to receive information about these please join our newsletter or keep an eye on our news posts on the website and social media.

There will be an exhibition in Dunbar during June 2022 at the Town House.

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