Hole In Your Soul, 2016
Underneath the veneer of skin, we are Nature. If you peel away the varnish with which we have painted our lives, Nature. Everything you breathe, eat, buy, own, use, abuse, discard in unrecognisable form, Nature.
Nature is the source of your comfort. These images are intended to disturb that comfort and remind the viewer of the structure of their very existence. They are a call to action.
The Hole in your Soul is a series of abstracted self-portraits in which I utilise photo-manipulation to morph the human body with natural textures and organic forms to reveal that our constant, insatiable hunger for more is a longing to return to Nature. According to a theory of the biologist E. O. Wilson, Biophilia is “an innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world”; “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life”.
Only when we can reconnect with our environment on a deeply personal level, can we begin to live with an ecocentric, rather than anthropocentric, view.
These narratives were created in response to watching world events like the Amazon rainforest burning and Okjökull glacier melting; and in support of the Extinction Rebellion and Climate Strike movements.
“The thesis put forward by the biologist is that we are living organisms in constant exchange with the environment and hence our existence as an individual is a mere illusion.”