I am currently addressing the art vs. nature argument that emerged in the nineteenth century and continues to inform/plague us today. It is a commonplace discourse that the advent of photography and its objectivity squashed the Romantic notion that imagination creates reality. Today, technologies from artificial intelligence to Snapchat filters have heralded us into the age of smart machines – subjective machines. This work is imbued with the intention to prove that there are deeper truths to be discovered by the human imagination and the human hand than by science – that imagination can also create reality.
I am intending to create sculptures echoing scientific conventions of “objective” preservation and display, which then negate their own form through the use of ephemeral and humble materials – materials that convey the idea that human imagination is an agent that can bestow value onto “nature.” Can life be injected back into these forms that have been relegated to the kitsch?