This would have to be one of my favorite works to date. Working with sand or dirt as a medium is like working with paint or any other liquid as it has the same 'fluid-like' properties. If you make a mistake and the land isn't completely dry, you cannot rub it out as the grains get into the soil. On the other hand the fluidity makes it such an expressive medium both to work with and to observe its return to the original state over time.
In this work I was simply exploring a repeating pattern using the length of my outstretched thumb and little finger as a distance. Each ring from the centre being a hands distance from the next, gradually increasing in size. In a way this work is a graphical representation of a sound wave as it hits a solid surface and disperses out in ripples.
The location is in a mangrove area near a river bank. The ground itself is composed of salt deposits that were left when a large tide had risen over the bank. Because there was no solid rain for months before I created this work, it was baked dry and hard leaving the white of the salt to show through. This particular day was extremely hot and there was no wind on my arrival. After I had finished, the wind started to pick up and I watched as the wind spiralled over it displacing the sand in totally random, yet perfect ways. It is rare that I get to witness the progression of a work as quickly as that.
Working with sand, dirt and mud really makes the creation a very tactile and messy experience. Creating a painting or sculpture in an indoors space is a controlled environment. Working with Land Art, if the wind blows or it starts raining, the work disappears right before your eyes and there is nothing you can do about it.