Soil Remembers

"Soil Remembers" (2023) is a 0.97 * 10 meter soil chromatography camera-less photography scroll on handmade paper accompanied by two gold leaf-gilded frames from the Art Nouveau period. It blends chance with artistic control, unveiling the uniqueness and uncertainty inherent in the natural world.

“Soil remembers the temperature, humidity, and how you treat it.
Even though we may damage the earth before,
we could still take actions to repair and help to heal the earth”

Drawing inspiration from ancient texts from cultures globally, "Soil Remembers" articulates the sacred dialogue between history and the earth itself.

1) Hesiod's Works and Days, Around 700 BCE, Greece, "When Zeus had born nine daughters, all of one mind, whose hearts are set upon song and their spirit free from care, a little way from them the Olympian gods made a place where they should dwell and live, and made them dwell near the famous stream of Oceanus."

2) The Vedas, Around 1500–500 BCE, India, "Earth, our Mother, set us down in many places, the sea, the forests, and the open country; there may we dwell, with our kith and kin, all around us."

3) Virgil's Georgics, 29 BCE, Rome (Ancient Roman Empire), "Happy the man who first could tell the names of ploughshares, and showed how lands might be held by fixed boundaries."

4) Classic of Agriculture, During the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), China, "A farmer should dig the soil at the proper time; when it is pliable and suitable for planting."

5) Book of Nabathaeans, Unknown (Ancient Arabic Text), Arabic Region (Ancient), "The land was level and planted with all sorts of fruit, both useful and sweet-smelling."

6) Ipuwer Papyrus, Around 13th century BCE, Egypt, "Forsooth, the land turns around like a potter's wheel."

These texts encapsulate ancient wisdom, insights, and reflections on agriculture and soil from diverse cultures and historical periods.
Soil chromatography is a slow reacting photographic process for assessing soil health initially developed by Russian botanist Mikhail Tsvet. It indicates the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of the earth. Utilised by farmers, this method provides an overview of each soil’s vitality and health by analysis its hues, patterns, and textures.

"Soil Remembers" stands as a testament to the earth's resilience, holding memories of time and tide. As viewers contemplate this series, they are urged to reflect on their connection to the earth and the wisdom it holds within its depths.

《土壤記憶》(2023)是我在超薄的東方手工紙上創作的0.97 * 10米土壤色譜法無相機攝影圖卷。同個系列中包含了兩個24k純金箔鍍的新藝術時期古董相框,以及兩件受到土壤色譜形狀啟發而捏製的陶瓷雕塑。隨機性是整個創作過程中融入的關鍵概念,它與藝術控制並存,用以呈現作品的獨特性和不確定性。



1) 赫西俄德的《農業與工作》,公元前約700年,希臘: "當宙斯生下了九個女兒,心志一致,她們的心都專注於歌唱,她們的精神滿懷快樂,離她們不遠處,奧林匹斯諸神建造了一個供她們居住和生活的地方,並讓她們住在著名的歐克阿努斯河附近。"
2) 維達斯,《維達斯》,公元前約1500-500年,印度: "我們的母親大地,在許多地方讓我們安居,海洋、森林和開闊的鄉間;我們和親人們就在附近安居。"
3) 弗吉爾的《農事詩》,公元前29年,羅馬(古羅馬帝國): "首先能夠識別犁頭的人是幸福的,並且顯示土地如何被固定的邊界所控制。"
4)《農業經典》,漢朝時期(公元前206年至220年),中國: "農夫應該在適當的時間挖掘土壤;當土壤柔軟且適合種植時。"
5)納巴泰人的書籍,《納巴泰人的書籍》,不詳(古代阿拉伯文本),阿拉伯地區(古代): "這片土地平坦,種植了各種各樣有用和芬芳的水果。"
6) 伊普韋爾紙莎草文稿,《伊普韋爾紙莎草文稿》,公元前約13世紀,埃及: "的確,土地像陶工的轉輪一樣轉動。"