The wildness

Alvaro Keding

2012 - Ongoing

United States

The edenic narratives in the romantic views of the landscape contribute to a dissociative interaction with nature by projecting false ideals of harmony and security. In this comfort, we can easily slip into an appreciation of nature as an object of visual consumption, transforming our experience into a passive state and deceptively removing us from within the landscape. We cannot separate ourselves from what we have created, and our act of naming results in acts of taming, transforming space into place, and shaping our geography.

These manufacturally conceived landscapes represent the triumph of artifice over nature, exposing the subversion by simulation, and revealing their paradoxical meaning and intent, deceitful by concept and execution. What remains is its wildness, which becomes less about a physical evolution, and more about a perceptual state of survival.

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