I’m fascinated by the micro habitat that has formed over this iron drain cover. There’s lots going on here that I want to explore.
The formal contrast of the organic plant forms against the manufactured metal grate; the unplanned wild finding home within the planned urban infrastructure.
I’ve been sketching what are commonly termed as ‘weeds’ on Wakefield’s streets recently. There’s a feeling of impermanence about this field work. Sometimes, when I return to the site, these opportunist wildflowers have been cleared or sprayed. I have to be mindful not to cause an obstruction, and I’m aware that I could be asked to move on.
Will my sketching and painting habits adapt and mimic the weeds’ rapid development – in order for some to take hold and grow/