Ode to Nature
In making work about the natural environment, artists and artisans often find themselves meditating on their broader relationships with their subject. Making art about ‘nature’—whether visual, textural, performative, or otherwise—also means witnessing oneself within nature. The division between what humans make and what the world ‘outside us’ makes suddenly stops being so obvious. In this way, artists often feel deeply connected to their environments, in cognitive, physical, and psychological ways. This sense of presence can be expressed through words and images and gesture, as well as through the emotions and affect that both making and witnessing art bring about.
In the video below, multimedia artist Andrea Elena Noriega reflects on the reciprocity and relationality of humans, the rest of the living world, and art. It is at once an ode to nature and a recognition of that the line between nature and culture tends to disappear the closer we get to it.