Nature & Technology

My final A Level Art Project

May 2012

After my trip to NASA had taken me around the state of Texas, I ended the Journey having an amazing sense of appreciation for the raw, natural beauty I encountered there, especially in the dense and tropical countryside. This beauty was not untouched however, and every so often I encountered something that made me feel empathy like never before of the natural world. A clash that stuck with me long after I had returned home.

Other than just the destruction of the environment and natural world for energy and resources, which painted a very bad picture of what the future held, I began to notice much more interesting and hopeful aspects of the country. From the robonaut mimicking a human in NASA's space center, to more and more animal and nature friendly technologies becoming abundant, I was inspired to investigate the not-so-obvious interactions between Nature and technology.

Everywhere I looked where there were nature conserves and construction sites, I seen it as a struggle between the natural world and humanity. Both trying to hold onto what they felt was their own territory (Very much a natural instinct). It was around this time I grew to love overgrowth, which symbolised this beautifully, and explained just how everything man-made, eventually returns to the the ground from which it came.

Of course, this never stopped the assimilation of the natural world by humans, a concept of over space and resources I symbolised in my pencil sketch (above). The first picture, my mixed media study, explores the concept that while humanity may be trying to dominate nature, it's merely following in it's footsteps and is very much as natural as anything in the natural world.

In creating the final piece for this project, I decided I wanted to bring together all the theme I explored, including Technology's imitation, inspiration and ironic emulation of the natural world, how similar the growth of technology and Moore's law are to biological evolution and also, humanities desire to dominate and nature's evolutionary refusal to not give up.