The Biophilia Hypothesis
One silver lining of our current predicament is the way our natural environment is able to breathe and reset with reduced pollution and human interventions. As we take a step back from our natural routines and travels, we benefit from reduced pollution, less threat to local fauna, and those who can still leave their homes are opting for walks in nature rather than trips to the cinema or shops. In this online-only exhibition, we look into artists who have a particular interest in man’s relationship with nature. In Christine Ödlund’s case, this interest manifests itself through a genuine research into plant communication and potential ways for humans to communicate with plants. For artists such as Giuseppe Stampone and Alain Huck, a return to nature can be a way of connecting to the human soul, looking for our roots and finding a deeper sense of self. Filip Vervaet is interested in how nature is both concrete and ever-changing in its forms and seasons, and how this is similar to the human mind. This is often shown in his work through water, which evokes both the lifeblood of nature and the constantly changing aspect of life. In Nika Neelova’s practice, organic processes are replicated artificially, such as in her Stratigraphy series, and in other works manmade structures are shown to form organic patterns. In many of these artists works, nature remains as an ideal, such as in Claire Milbrath’s work, where the natural environment represents an idyllic setting in which things are exactly how we dream them.