Nature is a living whole, not an accumulation of death
very early in the morning. I can still hear the noise of yesterday's
battle. I look at the field piled high with bodies. I have the
impression that for the local plants and animals our battle was like
a great volcanic eruption. Now they are putting in order what can be
put in order after the outbreak of this exchange of forces. The earth
will soon absorb human bodies. They will be layered in the newest
geological formation, marking the incredible expansion of our
species. I remember looking from the top of a great mountain Chimborazo in
Ecuador, down to this cavernous vertical layer of vegetation that in
a condensed form shows us the nature of the earth, in its diversity
of all climatic zones, interwoven with an innumerable network of
relations. From smaller lichens that enjoy a cold climate, growing on
the higher elevation of the mountain, to fungi that penetrate hot
soil and tropical vegetation. All of this, intertwined with the
energy of Gaia, is a materialized life.
Collar is an artist who works and tries to live in Berlin.
was born in Cambridge, England in 1984. She works around and between
sculpture and performance. Performances have taken place at Camden
Arts Centre, London and Kunstverein Bamberg, 2020; Bob Shop, Berlin,
2019; Cafe Oto, London, Akademie Der Kunste Der Welt, Cologne 2017;
Glasgow Women’s Library 2016; Nottingham Contemporary and
Serpentine, London, 2015.
Since 2015 she has been an associated artist with the charity Waterloo Uncovered who use archaeology and the structures surrounding it to help veterans with mental health injuries recover. She has a solo show at Stadium, Berlin opening on the 12th September.