McAleer, P. (2020) Walks in Nature [Photography]. Northern Ireland: Private Collection
“My artworks (above and below) document my walks, cyanotype printing and eco print bundles during lockdown. My family was involved in the making of these artworks, and they were a great way to bring us all together, appreciate nature and hone our observational skills. Making art with nature was just another way to connect, touch, smell, and feel together and to be more connected to the natural world” (Philippa McAleer)
McAleer, P. (2020) Eco Printing [Natural materials]. Northern Ireland: Private Collection
McAleer, P. (2020) Cyanotype [Natural materials]. Northern Ireland: Private Collection
Nugent, B. (2020) Leaves and Petals [Natural materials]. Cookstown: Northern Ireland: Private Collection.
Edge, S. (2020) Return Shifting Changing Transient Contemplation [Photography]. Portstewart, Northern Ireland: Private Collection.
Edge, S. and Baylis, G. (2020) Memory stillness transportation—rock pools, sun on my body, warmth, peace. [Found natural materials]. Portstewart Beach, Northern Ireland: Public Art.
Johnston, H. (2020) Flower Imprints, Pressed Flowers, Eco Bundling [Flowers, Fabric, Paper]. Northern Ireland: Private Collection.
Clarke, L, (2020) Hermit’s Hut [Garden vegetation]. Belfast: Private Collection.
Weir, B. (2020) Natural Dye Experiments [Dyes from Plants, Fruits and Vegetables]. Belfast: Northern Ireland
Duddy, R. (2020) Corona [Paper and thread]. Northern Ireland: Private Collection.
“I decided to use these daffodils to respond to the current epidemic. I carried out some research on these flowers and found out things such as, that their stems contain toxins that will make other flowers wither more quickly when placed into a vase with them. I also found out from a classmate in supervision that they are used in medicine to treat coughs and asthma which is also very relevant to this virus. The life span of these flowers is also from Feb-May (same as the corona virus, hopefully). In a way although we are all isolated in our homes, we are closer to the people in our homes than we ever where before, we are sort of ‘living on top of each other’ like these flowers. I made little face masks from paper and thread and placed them around the long centre of the flower, which I also found out is called the ‘corona’ of the flower”.
Moxen, R. (2020) Environmental Inspired Ceramics [Clay]. Northern Ireland: Private Collection.
Clarke, L. (2020) Confined. [Stones and Foxglove] Belfast: Private Collection.
Nugent, B. (2020) Environmental Art [Clay, Flowers, Wood Stump]. Northern Ireland: Private Collection.
Healey, E. (2020) Butterfly [Photograph]. Belfast: Private Collection.
“I feel that during isolation we have become closer to nature, on my walks I see sheep, cows and horses. Nature has been finding it’s way to come into my home. I’m finding caterpillars on my basil plants and found this baby butterfly on my door frame”.
Creative Writing and Poetry Inspired by Nature
This poem was written by Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, at the beginning of their national lockdown period for COVID-19. Thank you Nora O’Baoill for contributing this poem.
Rest now, e Papatūānuku (Mother Earth)
Breathe easy and settle
Right here where you are
We’ll not move upon you
We’ll stop, we’ll cease
We’ll slow down and stay home
Draw each other close and be kind
Kinder than we’ve ever been.
I wish we could say we were doing it for you
as much as ourselves
But hei aha
We’re doing it anyway
It’s right. It’s time.
Time to return
Time to remember
Time to listen and forgive
Time to withhold judgment
Time to cry
Time to think
Remove our shoes
Press hands to soil
Sift grains between fingers
🍃 Gentle palms
Time to plant
Time to wait
Time to notice
To whom we belong
For now it’s just you
And the wind
And the forests and the oceans and the sky full of rain
Finally, it’s raining!
Ka turuturu te wai kamo o Rangi ki runga i a koe
This sacrifice of solitude we have carved out for you
He iti noaiho – a small offering
People always said it wasn’t possible
To ground flights and stay home and stop our habits of consumption
But it was
It always was.
We were just afraid of how much it was going to hurt
– and it IS hurting and it will hurt and continue to hurt
But not as much as you have been hurt.
So be still now
Wrap your hills around our absence
Loosen the concrete belt cinched tight at your waist
Rest. Breathe. Recover. Heal –
And we will do the same.