One Blade Of Grass
In 2015, two artists were commissioned to mark some of the iconic views of Teesdale: views which had inspired artists in the past or which had been chosen by members of the local community. Victoria Brailsford’s response was ELEMENTS, 11 cast iron and stone pieces sited in the landscape, while Ant Macari has produced this illustrated collection of English haiku poems. And what a looker it is! Beautifully put together, it reads like a travelogue of a sort, with Macari traversing both the landscape and the seasons while taking in sites such as St. Mary’s Church (“Rotten leaves at the / kissing gate, / the moon through a / long fallen wall”), Egglestone Abbey (“Spring winds- / Hard snow lines the / bottom of / a forgotten tomb”) and Brignall Banks (“The river is a line / drawn by frozen sword / -the diamond tip of time”). As I read through the book I felt myself becoming utterly immersed in the landscape, and had to stick another bar on the fire to warm me through. Captivating stuff.