Kenneth Meijer Kenneth Meijer

Lost Forest

This image series is my attempt to convey what I experience and feel when I see a clear-felled area.  Many of us share feelings of discomfort and horror when we encounter them.  This ravaging of our forests isn’t a new phenomenon; it’s been in practice for centuries.

About 5000 years ago, people migrated to Sweden with livestock and grains.  They farmed the soil so that they could harvest grains and grind them into flour, from which they were able to bake bread.  To create the plots of land they needed, they burnt down the trees in the forest.  The ashes from that helped to fertilize the soil for several crops.  When the yield started to decrease, they just moved on and burnt down new plots of land.

The heavy usage of the forests has continued in other ways throughout the centuries.   The reason is that it has enabled other industries like mining and construction to thrive.

The difference today is that old-growth forests are chopped down.  This is a resource that never will be replaced, and the effects cause the biodiversity to be depleted.  The felling rate has also increased, creating new problems with the rejuvenation of the forests.  Both practices result in undesirable effects.

Original Inspiration
The book Essence by 
Pål Hermansen (Norway)
Mats Andersson (Sweden)
Erik Malm (Sweden)
Swedish-Norwegian Artist Group HAM
About Erik Malm's ICM

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