Issue Thirteen
Artist Profile 
2020

David Grimbleby

United Kingdom

  • Re-wilding is entirely ecological and practical in the sense of extending biodiversity to an area that maybe heavily depleted due to intensive agriculture and monoculture. This can appear to be an extremely difficult and complex operation that could take years to gain momentum but in many examples nature regenerates itself and enriches very quickly. Natural regeneration occurs in many overlooked unlikely places, abandoned buildings, derelict factories, vacant lots. When you see a buddleia growing out of a high building or willowherb by the railway track, this spontaneous re-wilding on common ground is in itself a means to connect to wild nature even in cities. I have always hoped that people would notice lichen on old gravestones, the V of geese flying overhead, rivulets in a stream over dappled stone, a fractal universe in constant flux. Re-wilding is to allow an indwelling or a vision quest into our minds of nature's flux and flow, growth, decay and rebirth.
  • The works shown here are from a series entitled “Earth Matters”, using found materials such as seeds, grasses, leaves, detritus and collage to produce what could be loosely called “Texturologies”. Surface is important as it is the tangible presence of what we see and touch. It is an important factor as a meditation on Mother Nature not in the mythic sense but as a reflection on the awesome richness of “solid ground”. As Gary Snyder, poet and environmentalist points out “There is more information of a higher order of sophistication and complexity stored in a few square yards of forest than there is in all the libraries of mankind”.

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