Beards Building Solutions discusses cultivation of residential properties in the absurd moving image-based artwork 'Fruits of thy labour.' The video is based on a Gardening Australia episode where a presenter landscapes their own backyard. Phoebe Beard, sole owner and operator of the fake building company invests time and energy into the garden project, hoping to increase the monetary value of their property.
This concept of the 'Fruits of thy labor' is fundamental to John Locke's philosophy which was established in Eighteenth Century England. Labor according to Locke is closely related to property rights. All European settlers arriving to Australia adopted this labor theory, recognising "all uncultivated land was open to acquisition." Beards Building Solutions introduces a series of gardening techniques that contradict European cultivation methods, introducing alternative methods that support regenerative agriculture.
This is the first moving image-based artwork by Phoebe Beard. Phoebe hopes to continue researching contemporary cultivation methods and their impact on Australia.