another sense of other

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yarner wood, east dartmoor 1 (p ward 2013) yarner wood, east dartmoor 1 (p ward 2013)

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how exciting to feel the hair on my neck stand on end

to shiver at an invisible presence stalking me

to engage with a realm beyond my everyday world

neither necessarily malicious or benevolent, human or otherwise

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is it time playing marvelous tricks

invigorating me to feel so alive

in relation to all that has been and will be

right here now?

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not another andy goldsworthy; an attack of the tinsel -,yarner wood, east dartmoor (p ward 2013) not another andy goldsworthy; an attack of the tinsel – yarner wood, east dartmoor (p ward 2013)

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the trees and beasts and birds

the place where many more have trod

stretching resonant filaments through earth and air and fire and water

holding memories to share

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as matter decays and reforms

leaving a remnant

a trace of what has been

and a gesture towards what may be

.

it is not a matter of belief, of evidence or proof

but an acknowledgement of possibility

an opening to potential

a sense of place

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yarner wood (with disused mine), east dartmoor 2 (p ward 2013) yarner wood (with disused mine), east dartmoor 2 (p ward 2013)

an old bundle of sticks; interpretative display - yarner wood, east dartmoor (p ward 2013) remains of a bundle of sticks; interpretative display – yarner wood, east dartmoor (p ward 2013)

iron salts and soils from yarner wood, east dartmoor (p ward 2013) iron salts and soils from yarner wood, east dartmoor (p ward 2013)

concertina sketchbook drawing, pigments form yarner wood, east dartmoor (p ward 2013) concertina sketchbook drawing, pigments form yarner wood, east dartmoor (p ward 2013)

 (The rich orange pigment shown above and below was collected from a drainage adit running from an historic copper mine at Yarner Wood Nature Reserve, near Bovey Tracey in South Devon[i]. I had originally been shown the source during an art event in November 2012 (Assemblage – Narrative for a Managed Landscape, organised by Karen Pearson and Natural England) and had returned specifically to gather more. The colour is created as iron salts and rust from the underlying geology and is both in the soil and as an unctuous ‘slime’. Despite wearing waterproof clothing and plastic gloves I still managed to get the colour half way up my arms and in my hair – the staining power of the pigment is magnificent![ii])

sketch with nuts, lure, pigments and sticks (p ward 2013) sketch with nuts, lure, pigments and sticks (p ward 2013)

sketch with pigments from yarner wood 1 (p ward 2013) sketch with pigments from yarner wood 1 (p ward 2013)

sketch with pigments from yarner wood and fremington quay (p ward 2013)sketch with pigments from yarner wood and fremington quay (p ward 2013) 

© P Ward 2013


[i] http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/designations/nnr/1007127.aspx

[ii] http://dancingwithdyes.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/earth-rust-dyes/

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