The most iconic, beloved and most feared clouds on our planet. They can bring life giving rain but also devastating floods. These clouds will dump their contents in around 20 minutes, and can often cause wide-spread damage and flashflooding. Many regions of the earth depend almost totally upon cumulonimbus clouds for rainfall.
Exhibited @Victoria_yards , Johannesburg,South Africa – OPEN AIR ART FAIR – 2023
Published in Haus-a-rest, Art zine – Issue 29 – Conscious Environment 2022
‘Spekboom‘ – natures carbon sponge!
Whether you call it spekboom, elephant’s food or pork bush, this incredible plant with its bright green, circular leaves should be planted in every South African garden (and maybe even every garden around the world). Here’s why:
It improves the quality of the air we breathe and helps fight climate change
Spekboom (aka Portulacaria afra) is a succulent that helps fight air pollution. It has the ability to ‘sequester’ or capture four to ten tons of carbon per hectare! Essentially, it acts as a carbon sponge, absorbing carbon from the atmosphere and turning it into plant matter. Excess carbon in the atmosphere is responsible for global warming, so the more carbon we can remove from the air and return to the ground, the better.
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Biologist David George Haskell writes..
‘We are all – trees, humans, insects,birds,bacteria – pluralities. Life is embodied network. These living networks are not places of omnibenevolent oneness. Instead they are where ecological and evolutionary tensions between cooperation and conflict are negotiated and resolved.’
Exhibited at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre – 2018
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We are living in the ‘Anthropocene’ age, where human activity dominates and tries to control nature, losing sight as field ecologist Dr Stephen Woodley suggests…’We are part of nature and we do not exist without it..if biodiversity disappears, so do people’
Heraclitus, the ancient Greek Philosopher, wrote a treatis entitled ‘About Nature’, in which appears an aphorism as ‘the whole flows as a river’ or figuratively, as ‘everything flows, nothing stands still’.
I visited Iceland in 2015 and this awe-inspiring experience and the powerful Gulfoss, the two-tiered waterfall on the River Hvita, influenced all my work in my ‘Nothing stands still’ portfolio of work.