Beauty in a Blade of Grass

Grasses are the unglorified heroes of our existence. With over 390 different species recorded in Namibia alone, it forms the basis of vegetation over great expanses of our planet. Not only does it serve as fodder for animals, as building materials or thatching for houses, protect the soil from erosion, and clean the air, it also provide around 50% of all human calorie intake through foods such as rice, maize and wheat.

Unfortunately, with our ever-increasing world population, many wild areas are sacrificed to make space for human development, often with a complete disregard for the indigenous vegetation and its impact on our daily subsistence.

Beauty in a Blade of Grass captures the fragility of an essential part of our existence often overlooked, and highlights our natural heritage and the importance of preserving it for future generations. All works are presented in cyanotype on paper.

Eleonora Duse reminds, “If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the field has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.

© Marita van Rooyen, 2015