Thea Juliette Stevenson
this stimulating project... in the meanwhile, would you tell us something about the genesis of this project? What was your initial inspiration?
My initial inspiration is to capture the voices of the landscape. If a landscape could talk what would it say? I play with the titles in that the urban is also the natural; and the natural is also the urban. I want us to integrate our understanding that landscape is not something separate to us as human beings, it is us, we are nature and we are the landscape. Nature is alive in the heart of a city, in the back streets of alleyways, as well as in the forces of power evident at the top of a cliff face. One of the features of Landscape: Urban and Natural that has mostly impacted on me is the way -by an effective usage of juxtapositions- you have been effectively capable of re-contextualizing the idea of landscape and of environment... so I would like to stop for a moment to consider the "function" of the landscape suggested by your work: most of the times it doesn't seem to be just a passive background... and I'm sort of convinced that some informations & ideas are hidden, or even "encrypted" in the environment we live in, so we need -in a way- to decipher them. Maybe that one of the roles of an artist could be to reveal unexpected sides of Nature, especially of our inner Nature... what's your point about this?
Nature has an emotion and I have a duty to represent and respect that emotion through photography. I do wish to show the ferocity of our inner natures against the landscape, to present that we are one and the same, we are echoes, mirrors of the outside world which we emotionally create. Just like our emotions, nature can not nor ever will be controlled. It will always fight back, either directly or surreptitiously.
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