WRITING FOR THE SOIL
Writing for the Soil explores ecological succession as an essential form of labour. The video interweaves close-up footage of a Pacific Rim temperate rain forest with the artist’s hands crocheting moss. The audio for the video juxtaposes narratives from two women: my mother Christina Morey and Anishinaabe biologist Robin Wall Kimmerer, conveying stories of my experience learning domestic and land-based practices in succession from my mother as well as stories of the restorative succession of moss as a pioneer species. While making the video, I was reflecting on moss as a model for ‘human’ labour systems in that the work of moss makes whole system healing and sustainability possible.