What if we went out at 5am in Spring to be met with silence? No glorious dawn chorus. A silent spring. A truly chilling thought.
But there is a story of hope that I want to tell during my new residency here. The Knepp project is now a leading light for conservation in the UK, demonstrating how giving nature space and opportunity to express itself can restore the land and its wildlife in a dramatically short space of time, reversing the cataclysmic declines that have affected most species elsewhere in Britain over the past 50 years. In her inspiring book ‘Wilding’, Isabella Tree takes you through this pioneering rewilding journey she and husband Charlie Burrell are on.
So what will I be doing?
Through soundscapes, film, photographs and drawings, I will be documenting Knepp Wildlands across the seasons from an artist’s perspective
Inspired by soundscape ecology, I will be recording birdscapes and transporting this birdsong into urban spaces, in effect bringing to the city Knepp’s audio story of hope. This continues my work funded by the Arts Council England in 2020
Time for experimentation and responding to Knepp Wildlands. I have already started sculptural play with the clay and mud here that made arable farming impossible – in Sussex dialect there are 30 terms for mud!