Second Nature

Second Nature

Roberley Bell
Katie DeGroot
Adam Frelin
Jenny Kemp
Jason Middlebrook
Laura Moriarty
Jill Parisi
Karin Stack

Nature is a word often used to describe the things we haven’t manufactured or meddled with. But today, it’s hard to identify what we haven’t modified – by choice or by chance. Weather patterns, mountain peaks, the ocean floor; the behavior of microscopic organisms and the genetic composition of corn are just a few elements that were once thought of as ‘natural,’ or occurring outside of our influence.

In this exhibition, observations of – and curiosity about – the world around us are voiced by seven artists, who invoke landscape features, rock formations, and curious hybrids of flora and fauna. These familiar hallmarks of our environment are infused with perceptions involving culture, history, memory and the process of art-making itself. Together they describe an evolving human relationship with the world we inhabit – an alliance that might be thought of as Second Nature.