Rebecca Clark: Book Of Hours

There are no sacred and unsacred places; there are only sacred and desecrated places. My belief is that the world and our life in it are conditional gifts.
Wendell Berry

The artist Rebecca Clark has put together a selection of her drawings into an e-book.  The Book Of Hours features a large number of her delicate and sensitive studies of flora and fauna, supported by texts from a variety of sources (including Jeanette Winterson, Gary Snyder and, one of my personal favourites, John Burnside) and a suggested track list of accompanying music that includes the likes of Ravi Shankar, Nick Drake and The Incredible String Band. She makes it very clear that her drawings are memento mori, an acknowledgement of humanity’s “interconnectedness in nature and our loss of connection with the sacred.” The ‘sacred’ is a popular theme right now (it’s what Dark Mountain: Sanctum, to which I contributed, is all about) and I think that when stripped of any religious connotations it’s a concept that most people are drawn to, and are consciously or unconsciously in search of. Animals, the main subject of Rebecca ‘s work (and my own), are our spirit guides through the waste land that constitutes the vast majority of what man has created as his dominion, and if we pay due attention to them, they will show us a way out.

 Rebecca Clark: The Book Of Hours – an Artists book for the Anthropocene


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