What we refer to as civilized society has long struggled with the natural world. Not to say that what humans do is unnatural, but many times it goes against nature. We impose our will and work tirelessly to control it—often times for good and other times for purely selfish reasons.
For this project Dimensions Variable was interested in working with artists that take their inspiration from natural forms, sometimes even using nature itself to develop a new narrative about our connection with it. Lately we have been considering the idea of place as two different things—a physical and a psychological. Most of our own practices engage these places within the urban, architectural and the socio-economic but not our relation to the natural world.
Including Cristina Lei Rodriguez was the first idea as she has a long history of blending the natural with the synthetic. In her practice these two world’s collide and more often than not, the human synthetic emerges victorious. However, there is always a trace of nature that is able to remain in our minds as a faint reminder of its true supremacy in the grand scheme of things. Nellie Appleby on the other hand, seems to celebrate nature by either inviting it into the exhibition space or documenting it in a series of video and photographic exposures. Appleby’s work allows us a lens into the places she explores and the plants she cultivates on a regular basis. Allison Matherly brings us an interest in imitation of natural forms. Often her works takes the shape of rocky surfaces giving the illusion of the actual form but playing with the color and material to produce something that is completely synthetic.