April 27, 2021

Can We All Dip Our Toes In?

Jasmine Main

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Acrylic On CanvasCan We All Dip Our Toes In?, 2021

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. –Alice Walker How long has it been since you last dipped your toes in the water? Or felt the cold Scottish sand sieve between your fingers? The bridging of our two selves, our constant need to do more to survive in society and to keep afloat, against our need to be surrounded by nature and calmed by the beauty of the outdoors, the noises, the sights, the smells, and the sounds of the wildlife and of the most beautiful parts of our country. Our mental health is so important and our outdoor life is such an important part of helping us keep grounded, with the space to breathe and think away from our constant city bombardment to gain perspective. The question is how many barriers is there to accessing the outdoors? Is the natural beauty of our country elitist and what can we do to help bridge the gap. For everyone to have the opportunity to access the most magical of places- the outdoors and know they also belong there- with no question.