Relationship with soil and site from the Holocene to the Anthropocene is a focal point of my interdisciplinary art practice.
Soil is the keeper of deep memories, a storyteller, a time machine; the relentless and often mistreated provider of sustenance. I use soil as a proxy to address the anthropocentric values and cultural imprint of man on the rapidly changing planet.
No matter how vastly progress has distanced humans from their roots and from one another, at the end of the day, we all return to where the stories of our ancestors lie. It may explain the innate need to interpret the unearthed mysteries of the past to answer the questions of the present.
I discovered this rock with two metal bolts encased in it at the base of an old tree uprooted by a storm. The tree had been growing in my front garden. This seemingly insignificant anthropocentric fossil ignites my imagination as I think of the other possible hidden artefacts still lying beneath my no-dig garden on an acre of land in rural Tipperary.
Vi Brazh is a Tipperary-based interdisciplinary artist with a keen interest in the authenticity of rural landscape, heritage and its context in contemporary society. Her artwork is a relational exploration of human-environment interaction and its manifestation in the cultural landscapes we create. Although painting is Vi’s primary medium, she engages with other mediums such as photography, installation, land art and writing.