Andrew Drummond putting the life back into Christchurch art

Artist Andrew Drummond with the pupils of Saint Anne’s school planting wild flowers on a demolition site in Ferry road . Drummond who is known for work engaging with nature and the human body has a new project sowing seeds on demolition sites in post earthquake Christchurch. Drummond has marshalled school children as well as individual artist seeders to put new wild life back into the wounded Otautahi environment.

“All forms of life are connected in a vast, entangling mesh. This interconnectedness penetrates all dimensions of life. No being, construct, or object can exist independently from the ecological entanglement, nor does “Nature” exist as an entity separate from the uglier or more synthetic elements of life. Realizing this interconnectedness is the ecological thought”. – Professor Timothy Morton, The Ecological Thought (Harvard UP, April 2010).

Timothy Morton, Professor of Literature and Environment at the University of California Davis, notes the paradoxical logic of environmental aesthetics in the atomic age, advocating the celebration of a new aesthetic which accepts the current situation – that the time for waiting for the calamity of global warming – among other world disasters – is over and a new phase should begin. Morton’s tentative new aesthetic – outlined in Ecology without Nature relies on the fact that ‘everything is interconnected,’ and we cannot therefore ‘hold onto a single, solid, present-at-hand thing ‘over there’ called nature.’

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  1. Elsa Lye #

    This week I had the profound priviledge to walk with Jane Zusters around the streets of Christchurch with a wee jar of wild flower seeds, a sprinkle of hope and regeneration; The wild untamed spirit, interconnected to all things will heal these unbearable wounds.
    Aroha Andrew Drummond.