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. For Filip Vervaet, natural motifs represent the duality between the concrete world and the fluidity of change and the human mind. Nika Neelova uses nature to imagine a future world in which synthetic materials become organic, creating geological motifs through manmade processes. 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.