Creating an ecological art practice centered on where you live, brings attention to all the inhabitants that contribute to your home.
For us, our dog Holly, was a living, breathing, furry presence, everyday patrolling, sniffing about in Hollywood forest. She lent her name to my work from the very start, as I clearly remember one afternoon in 2008 having the idea for an ongoing art forest practice while she was walking with me through the trees. Maybe it was her idea all along.
Holly’s presence was important. As the transformation of Hollywood forest evolved towards a permanent mixed species forest through periodic thinning of the monoculture Sitka spruce plantation, native tree seedlings began appearing across the forest floor amongst the older trees. These new seedlings are the forest regenerating. As these tree seedlings and saplings are very attractive, like lettuce, to rabbits, hares etc., Holly saw off any intruder quick smart.
Holly also welcomed people and art students to the forest. She was part of the Hollywood Forest Story and her image on the website posts, always saw the ratings soar.
A special part of being with a dog in a forest is how a dog can more deeply connect you to things humans overlook. Thank you Holly xxx