There is a cosmology of destruction and re-growth that stems from the things people throw away. These objects become part of a microcosm that is growing and/or decaying, and being consumed and consuming. On the larger scale this decomposition is an evolution of space. These sites can neither be considered pristine nature nor cultural landscapes; rather they represent a state of harmonious decline and re-growth.
On one level I am captivated by the beauty of these spaces, on another I am also fascinated by their entropic evolution. Entropy tangles and erodes the contours of the landforms and the built environment; it blurs distinguishing lines between interior and exterior, nature and culture redefining these spaces as other than nature made or human made.
I was attracted to these belts because they reminded me of snakes in the grass. For me their twisting forms help conjure the idea of detritus imitating nature. As they decompose the belts seem to mimic the grasses around them helping to blur the lines between objects and surroundings.
I found these items along a gravel roadside of interest. On a smaller scale they illustrate the slow process of decomposition, paper will break down quite quickly, while the baler twine, the piece of plastic and the aluminum can will likely linger much longer. Each will break down into smaller parts to become part of the soil composition. This leads me to consider how much detritus could be combined with natural soil and still be viable for growing plants.
Alumninum can be recycled almost indefinitely, and paper is naturally biodegradable, while the baler twine is generally made from a polypropylene product designed to degrade. Plastic such as the clear sheet particle can last for many years lingering as tiny tatters like the one on the top right. The grasses wrapped around this piece of plastic are grasping it, nesting plastic fibres with its vigorous growth. Plastic and plant are enmeshed in a process of harmonious growth and decay that is illustrative of the insidious nature of plastic as well as a testament to the resilience of nature itself.
i broke a molar on popcorn and then i got to keep a bag full of my own teeth molds from the dentist.