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Soil 1 Portfolio


If arterial walls confined thy time
Will rivers flow through heaven’s door?
And tear-dust shimmer, on golden fuel?
Will dawn’s fresh labour soften, peaks of stone?

If sunbeams danced on floating logs
And snow-capped veins, seeped cobalt songs,
Will boulders crack the sheltered skin?
Will pebbles glimmer though, toughened haze?

In the burst of arterial banks of contest
Will the stolen womb, be soiled in fear?
In the miscarriage of unknown
In the marriage of revolt;
May blood of terracotta hue
Flow seamlessly though bones of clay.

© Tanisha Bhana – Mar 2012
(For the works, Soil (1a - e), from the portfolio, Transience)

Synopsis: 'Soil'

Medium : Digital pigment print on archival cotton rag, 240 gsm
Dimensions : 80 x 60 cm

The term, “Soil” is used in many contexts, such as the mass that holds the ground we walk on, as well as when matter is defiled.

The illusion of an earthly blood soiling the land we have become accustomed to, intends to portray the natural state of change we are facing, in order to prepare the land for new beginnings. Described as “subtly violent”, warm red imagery interposed with white cool surroundings, depicting seeping or flowing blood personifies the soiled and ravaged land in beautiful, contrasting hues.

We live in a time of immense social and environmental upheaval, fundamental change, deep-seated fears and fragmented structures. And we bear witness to some of the environmental penalties of our human goals and short-term economic achievements. Different and harsh climates are interposed with each other in this portfolio, contrasting very wet and very dry conditions, indicating the possibilities of the changing climates that we may have to adapt to.

The current status of our biodiversity is reported to be fragile and undergoing shifts in our ecosystems. On current trends, average global temperatures could rise by 2 - 3°C within the next 50 years, leading to severe impacts on our biodiversity, including more frequent droughts and floods, predicting as many as 150 - 200 million environmental refugees by the middle of the century (2% of projected population), and threatening the basic elements of life for people around the world, ie. access to water, food, health and the use of land (Stern Review on the economics of climate change ISBN number: 0-521-70080-9, Cambridge University Press).

This portfolio depicts the harsh and radical environmental shifts that we may be facing.

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