Georgia’s Garden

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‘Georgia’s Garden’ 2017 to date, In collaboration with Nick Bowler, Allotment Garden,Meadow Well, UK.

How can building a garden be an art practice? 

When we are designing our work, is designing our life also a part of our ‘practice’? 

When we design our garden around permaculture principles, and by extension our lives, we are becoming a part of the change we want to see in the world. 

When making projects before, my work was seeking to simulate and through that, stimulate change in the world. By creating in miniature, in three weeks in the mountains, or in a dinner, a different way of working, acting and being in the world. 

In building a garden, I’m not making projects to highlight how things should be different or opening up tiny ephemeral spaces where we might, maybe be able to act differently or exchange differently.

I’m actively, persistently, constantly, being a part of the change.

So ‘permaculture is revolution in disguise’, right? 

No, that’s a complete misnomer, revolution in disguise is not revolution at all, its subversion. 

So, ‘permaculture is radical subversion disguised as food security’ 

yeah that’s it

‘Permaculture is a design system, a framework, a ‘practical method of developing ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere’ 

And practicing it is a creative pursuit towards living harmoniously with the earth, sharing abundance, building community, and working against capitalist constructs? yep. 

And we’re going to heal our mental heath by touching the soil while we’re at it? Yes!

Build true friendships? 

By seeing our worth as more than how much money we can swap our labour for, we can build alternative networks based around building abundance through sharing and collaborative working. We can swap seeds for plants, help digging the earth for knowledge, on how to grow on it. Across hundreds of exchanges we can build lasting relationships built on mutual aid and kindness. 

Grow our skills and confidence? 

Yes

Get fresh organic vegetables? 

Yes, and be able to eat them together and share them with our families and friends. 

In caring for a piece of the Earth, a sense of ownership brings us a space of freedom for creation and building. 

we deepen our relationship and sense of responsibility for our local environment, we feel its seasons more keenly, its needs and changes, and we become more attuned to our environmental responsibility and role in stewardship of the earth. 

A piece of earth is more than a garden, it’s a place where we shape and grow who and what we are in the world and the things we put out into it.