Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24JEANETTE HART MANN W I T H O U T S O I L T H E R E I S N O C O L O R Soil, dirt, land, mud, rock, clay, sand, sediment, ground, dust, and more. It is given many names and these names often reflect a disdain or in best cases dismissal as common and of little regard. It is seemingly everywhere beneath our feet and nowhere to be desired. Yet, it is one of the most essential resources of life on earth and literally grounds us in time, space, and place. This installation project, Without soil there is no color, began in 2013 during my residency at Ucross Foundation. During this residency, I trekked over 30 miles across the ranch collecting soil samples and investigating the relationships be- tween the soils I discovered and their environment. I used video, audio, photography, and the tactile experience of these sites to produce this work, along with Soil Surveys generated by Charlie Bettigole of the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative. These individual elements coalesce in this installation to engage viewers in a relational connection to environmental perception and knowledge, along with the aesthetic gesture of soils. In this installation a large format projection displays high-definition black and white video of the ground from 21 different sites where soil was collected. Color bars run across these images corresponding to the Soil Survey Maps and Legend presented as large format Fine Art Prints on an adjacent wall. The Soil Survey Map is labeled with 21 numerical thumbtacks where each soil sample and video was taken. Around the room hang 21 shelves with samples of soil from each of the 21 sites. Each of these soils display uniquely diverse and appealing visual and tactual earthly properties. Environmental sounds such as birds singing, wind rushing through grass, an irrigation pivot spraying water, a cow bawling, and prairie dogs crying fill the installation while giving viewers an aural space to locate their sensorial experience of the life of these soils. Opposite: Jeanette Hart-Mann with Charlie Bettigole, Without soil there is no color (detail video still), 2015, 00:11:04, HD video This page top: Jeanette Hart-Mann with Charlie Bettigole, Without soil there is no color (detail fine art print), 2015, 3 - 43x47.5”, archival fine art print. bottom: Jeanette Hart-Mann with Charlie Bettigole, Without soil there is no color (detail soil sample), 2015, 22 – 8x8x3”, wood shelves with soil samples