YOUR GARDENING JOURNAL
Observations of people and their interactions around one another are unearthed, as they often are, by photography. Specifically the observation I’ve become taken with is the interaction humans have with nature. We seem to have harnessed nature for our own purposes, and as life has advanced, so has our domestication of nature. Running water, household pets, building materials, lumber yards, and crops are some of the manners we employ nature to our benefit. While all of these aspects correlate with our elevated lifestyle, there also appears to be another side to humans’ relationship to nature – an upholding and glorifying side. This glorification represents itself through house plants, floral fabric in all capacities of life, idyllic landscapes in paintings advertising exotic and desirable destinations, tattoos covering young bodies, the rise of non-essential farming, and so much more.
My only guess in the switch of humans attitude towards nature derives from suppressed guilt; guilt of how humans have increased the degradation of nature so rapidly, and an attempt to maintain some ignorance to that fact. This new glorified relationship with nature takes the enjoyable, aesthetic aspects and allows naivety towards the destruction and the domestication of nature that has taken place.
These conflicting attitudes towards nature confuse this observation. I look to make no judgement on either of the uses of nature, as I partake in both the utilitarian employment of water through a sink faucet, as well as fall asleep under a duvet littered with illustrations of flora in a faded, calming manner. My work explores both sides of this interaction through blunt photographs, digital documentation, and physical installations – hoping to draw the tension of the two into a uniform experience.