Bridget Saville, Groundwork [×]
This research project is born out of a deep concern for the ongoing destruction of the environment and driven by a desire to establish a regenerative practice of interior design. The year 2020 has forced the questioning of the status quo and in response, Groundwork prompts questions that tilt perspectives of the familiar and habitual. The project is based on a private property outside Trentham, Victoria, acting as a testing ground for the research. Groundwork aims to address the all too often ignored impact colonisation has had on this land, through a literal untangling of the thorns. Focusing on the introduced invasive species of blackberry, an ongoing cyclical program of proposed events creates the framework for temporal interiors, while addressing the issue of land management and collective responsibility. The events respond to the growth cycle of the blackberry plant, organically developing and evolving over time. The gradual removal of the blackberries and replanting of native species establishes a management plan that invites others to participate in educational programs and harvest days, providing space for collective experience. A dynamic symbiotic relationship occurs between the program and the natural environment – changes are echoed between the two and a deep seeded rapport emerges. This project positions interior design as a practice of interrelations between ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ – between interiority and exteriority. It explores the proposition that as humans, we are inextricably linked to the exterior – we are a state-of-nature. But our experience of it is mediated through the projection of our ‘interior’ out, and also, the ‘exterior’ in. To understand the value of the exterior world, and shape it sustainably and cohesively, we must rethink our own interior values and relationship to the planet. This project lays the groundwork for a future practice; a novel intrusion that is considerate of land, material, and connection with others.