In honour of World Earth Day, I thought I’d take you on a wander through the work of Red Earth, an international environmental art group whose core practice revolves around creating a better understanding of the world we live in, and how the planet’s beauty is being compromised through climate change, erosion and pollution.
If you haven’t experienced a Red Earth installation, the best way I can describe it is as being where the ritual and mysticism of Neo-Druidism meets scientific study on the environment, brought hauntingly to life through multidisciplinary displays of dance, performance and sculpture created to enhance the landscape in which they’re situated.
Based in the United Kingdom, co-directors Caitlin Easterby and Simon Pascoe have collaborated with independent, global artists and specialists in the fields of geology, ecology, history and archaeology to hold Red Earth installations throughout Europe, Mongolia, Java and Japan. What they create together is majestic in scale, and breathtakingly beautiful to observe.
The displays are organic and temporary constructs, but the interactive, participatory way in which they work ensures the knowledge they impart through their performances remain in the audiences’ memories long after the embers die down, the body paint is washed off, and the woven beauty of their sculptures fall apart.
These images and more at www.redearth.co.uk