The Answer Beneath our Feet: Terra Infirma at Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery

Natalie Taylor, 'Terra Infirma'
Natalie Taylor

Terra Infirma

Daily, 13:00 - 17:00

From: 4 Jun 2022

To: 26 Jun 2022

Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery
High Street
Edinburgh & the Lothians
EH42 1ER

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Edinburgh-based environmental artist Natalie Taylor has been working with local people to shed light on the neglected benefits of soil, creating paintwork using microscope imagery to study and photograph soil organisms from collected soil samples. Alongside her work, Natalie is presenting collaborative pieces made with the local community, exploring the role soil plays in our quest to rebalance the planet. Soil contains over 25% of life on earth whilst supporting over 95% of humanity’s food supply, offering a solution to climate change in the form of sequestering airborne CO2 through regenerative farming and forestry practices, but 40% of Europe’s soils are so depleted that food security is put at risk. There are also photographic portraits of local people who are taking on the role of the ‘Keepers of the soils’ – a ceremonial cape made by Natalie and local people, worn on occasions to make significant soils more visible.

Through pioneer-environmentalist John Muir, Dunbar is an area famous for its conservation heritage, and local people, practising organic gardening and farming alongside poets and groups from The Ridge and Belhaven Community Garden, have contributed through events and workshops focusing on soil and its properties. Natalie says, ‘Seen through powerful microscope lenses [soil] teems with life and offers incredible beauty. My work for this exhibition aims to share this wonder with the audience whilst also giving people a chance to take part. We are telling new stories through art about regenerating our environment.’

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