forest studio, Post no. 4 – contrast

As a continued route of investigation from my artwork Emerge in the Stour Valley Arts exhibition in Ashford (see below), I took a white ‘plaster of Paris cube into the forest and took photographs of it in different forest environments and using the composing mechanism of photography as a tool for exploring contrast.

This process has opened up questions into the use of the phenomena of contrast: the logical, pure, sterile, human shape of the white cube and the connotations associated with it, in relation to the seemingly chaotic and rich, fertile forest environment.

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This action seems to feel like I’m investigating my own relationship with the forest; the cube represents me, trying to position and immerse myself…

 

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Or perhaps it is a comment in response to my perception of the sensation of contemporary culture within the natural environment?

 

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“I believe that language and imagination, far from alienating us from nature, are our most powerful and natural tools for re-engaging with it. […] Culture isn’t the opposite or contrary of nature. It’s the interface between us and the non-human world, our species’ semi-permeable membrane.” Richard Mabey, Nature Cures pp.23

 

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Sleeping on the forest ground.

 

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Ant kingdom and cube.

 

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“But it was regaining that imaginative relationship with the world beyond that was my ‘nature cure’.” Richard Mabey, Nature Cure, pp.64

 

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The white cube’s final resting place…watch this space…

 

 

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