We tread unto sand, unto rock, unto grass
And leave marks indented into the memory
Of place, of space, of time…

To be washed, blown and carried away
Through seasons and cycles of change…

Change. Adapt. To conditions in weather,
in a climate becoming increasingly unpredictable
Unstable due to the marks we leave when we tread unto the land
Harshly. Scarring. Penetrating the crust. 

Afrikaans-fragments that inspired the above short poem.


We leave marks on the landscape, whether we want to or not, whether we are consciously aware of it or not. We leave footprints, a track, a spoor. Too often scars, blemishes, stains. Fracking, or Hydraulic Fracturing, inevitably leaves marks on the landscape – on the surface, subterranean, in the air and in the water – all of them detrimental to the health and life of the people, animals and ecological system(s). Fracking has been banned in several countries, but are being considered for enormous areas of the Karoo to extract natural gas from the shale formations. Please support the Treasure the Karoo Action Group who is pivotal in the fight for the people, animals and water of the Karoo.

This conceptual focus was the inspiration of my interactive performance & installation piece SAND(SPOOR], performed at the Arts Lounge during the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. During my time in Grahamstown I saw the Industrial Karoo – Fear & Loss exhibition for the first time, in which artists take a stand against fracking, and Katie Barnard du Toit’s installation (photos in this review on Litnet) planted the seed for my own sand installations like Dirt is Good and Tread Upon.

This thread also runs through many other projects and artworks, especially my land art or site-specific interventions in the landscape, which is mostly very transient, seeking to NOT make a long-lasting imprint of my activities. Read and more about my approach to land art.