Fourth Nature

Exhibition

By:valerie salez
Architecture, Conceptual, Installation, Mixed Media, Other, Sculpture, Textile
Title:
Fourth Nature
Material:
antler, acrylic paint, textile stalactites, pearl strands
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Fourth Nature

Fourth Nature is an installation comprised of soft and hard sculptures that form elements of a stalactite ridden grotto. The works are comprised of predominantly man made materials that I’ve collected and coveted for years with the intent of creating a sacred space that evokes a baroque-like fantasy.   Fourth Nature emulates an Italian Renaissance grotto.  These grottos were ‘decorated’ with monumental sculptures, murals and architectural friezes, then fitted with hydraulic systems, which allowed mineral water to trickle out.  The result of this process has been the build up of stalactites that inevitably re- configure the grottos artworks over time. In 1541 Jacopo Bonfadio described renaissance gardens, and specifically these grottos, as 'third nature’. The naming of gardens as  third nature’ was revolutionary at the time and was needed to describe the increase in mans ability and desire to control nature in artful ways, as well as mans obsession with collecting culturally diverse animals, birds, minerals and plants.  Thus my attempt to re-interpret these ‘third nature’ spaces, using predominantly synthetic materials, can only be termed as Fourth Nature.   Humans continue to manipulate and appropriate nature and, like the decaying properties of stalactites, we have reached a calcified build up of synthetic materials that are not only choking out nature but, ironically, ourselves. Fourth Nature exemplifies decadence, desire, and decay.

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