Peatlands as Artistic Inspiration – Tracing Traces

Our fourth blog post is by invited speaker and artist Kathy Herbert, who will also be displaying some of her work at the Conference…

Tracing Traces

Seeing the marks of cultural practices in the landscape. Seeing the marks of the changes in those practices also in the landscape.

As turf is used less and less for fuel, as people move to more convenient heating – central heating from oil or gas – less turf is cut and the marks – the sle├ín cuts – are beginning to disappear. The footed turf can be found abandoned and returning to the earth.

So I find these traces and I work from them. Like picking a tiny thread and drawing it out: am I unravelling something or following a lead to something? Tracing those traces.