Nature Unveiling Herself
"Nature Unveiling Herself (or how we got to where we are)"; 30" x 22" x 4"; found objects, paper, paint, clay, wood; 2016.
Playing off a sculpture of a similar title by Louis-Ernest Barrias, this work explores the philosophical underpinnings of the Industrial Revolution. Philosophers, such as Francis Bacon, viewed the Earth as inert and mechanistic, to be exploited for its resources. They likened Earth to a woman who needed to be seduced and subdued. This view still underpins our current industrial capitalist mode of resource extraction, production and consumption. One result has been the rapid climate change happening today.