I have always been interested and inspired by the parasitic relationship humans have with nature; I am focused on the idea that our spiritual thirst for nature cannot be satisfied by the colonization of natural space. How do we as humans decide the ultimate value of any species relative to the value of humanity? My work not only questions the state of humanity on this planet, but the unknown future for all of the species that currently inhabit it.
My most recent series is titled, "Reclamation" and explores the ways in which nature is reclaiming the spaces we have taken from it to construct our society. The piece shown is titled, "207 Feet Above Sea Level (2017)." Composed of 21 ceramic vessels, this site specific piece is to be installed high on a wall of an abandoned or dim room, and oozes slime.
This work is not only a projection, but a promise. The coexistence between our kind and the natural world has become devastatingly parasitic over time. We have taken spaces from nature to claim our own, and destroyed what was left of the natural world.
This work is a glimpse of what is to come. It is a hopeful story to say that one day, after the devastation, the majesty of nature will reclaim it’s reign. To the discreditors, the disbelievers, and the ones who disassociate from our inevitable future: May I be the first to say, “I told you so.” Nature will always win.
Arianna Barrett am a recent graduate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Art Education. (Graduated Dec. 2017) Her art practice does not revolve around a particular medium. She is interested in explorational practice, utilizing both 2D and 3D media, as well as conventional and unconventional art materials. She is constantly working to find new methods of expression, including painting with rust, creating paper from bark, sculpting with moss, and inventing new forms of nature.