Shield no sword

Polymer clay on board

The story of soil is full of life and death. Together in life, lichen, fungi and moss form a living shield against the arrows of sun, wind, water and ice. The strength of the shield is the closeness of the community. Looking deeper over successive generations, we find that the shield breaks rock. Perhaps to rock, the ‘shield’ is also a sword. This piece honours the battle that makes terrestrial life possible.

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by Natalie Maras