Those who study nature observe that the universe is full of complex and integrated systems, at every level, down to the smallest detail. The universe is a network of relationships. Nothing exists on its own. That’s the context of my own story.
As a storyteller and illustrator, I am exploring the rhythms, patterns and stories that have been in motion since before we were born and will stretch out into eternity. Sometimes it can feel like going around in circles - but it’s not the same every time around. It’s moving, growing and changing. It’s going somewhere.
The soil connects me to the past. It grounds me in this larger story. This soil was here before me – previous generations worked this soil, they knew it intimately, their lives depended on it. I think soil is as relevant today as ever. It matters deeply for economics, politics, health, community. It matters for our freedom. We’ve seen so much innovation recently and the world looks very different to the world our grandparents grew up in. However, moving towards the future doesn’t mean turning our backs on the past completely. Let's look back to the common roots of humanity, the things found in the soil: rhythm, humility, collaboration. (Eight cyclical animations each made up of eight frames intended to be viewed with a hand-made praxinoscope).