www.alexcallender.com
In my current drawn and painted works I want to consider how everything has its nature. We use symbols of mythic nature to naturalize the elements of industrialized and artificial matter that construct our everyday lives. This work questions how material fetish, technological consumption and virtual space mimic and signal an ever widening shared language that is both organic and artificial and becomes a form of cultural detritus that reflects our accumulating anxiety, ecstasy, and loss. This relationship parallels the physical cycles of consumption and trash that have and will begin to define the twenty-first century. In my work I seek to supplement images of new nature into the imagined space of mythic nature to find where a tipping point exists, a threshold at which the modern era reconfigures their cosmologies. What comes next in our cultural associations of nature as we continue to exist in an almost constant state of consumption in the Western world?