Whether it concerns our garden, dinner, next holiday or the design and fabric of a new shirt; we use, change, shape, and even create ‘nature’.
Nature is often associated with beauty and purity; it forms our biggest source of inspiration, provides our entertainment, materials, food, water and air. At the same time it is a source of danger and destruction. Nature is simultaneously banal and mysterious, what we need and what we need to be protected from, unconquerable and fragile.
In daily life we often tend to rate the natural higher than the artificial. We are disappointed when a plant we thought ‘real’ turns out to be plastic, or learn that a beautiful picture of a landscape was constructed completely by computer. But our plants, our food, our pets and the green in urban planning have all been manipulated to such an extent that the border between nature and artificial becomes unclear. What is nature exactly, and how can we define our relationship?
Are we and is our behaviour natural, or are there parts of us that make us something else?
Installation shots from the the groupshow 'Out of office' organised by BREEDBEELD @ Rivierenhof Antwerpen, Belgium.