The depictions of nature play an integral part in bringing attention to the city itself in the absence of time and people, either in direct contrast with the thick, unkempt landscapes of nature that surround it, or the city's relationship with nature as a metaphor to our own

relationship with the city.

 

In Paris, the architectural geometry of the urban landscape moulds the trees and plants that inhabit its parks, paths and corners. At the city's expense, trees are pruned and shaped for several reasons, sometimes to prevent obstruction, sometimes in mind of health and safety, sometimes to be purely aesthetic.

The Nature of Nature begins by merging views and ideas inspired by an emotional awareness with poetic texts referring to the internal landscapes of the mind. The series challenges how we may characterise the nature in the city, and in turn empathise with the

organic forms as we might do with people. Within the series, there is both a vision of constraint and hope, that although we see how man has exercised his control over nature, nature can and will always find a way.

Nature grows to its own time. One can only wonder how a tree over thousands of years old has witnessed humanity grow and flourish akin to how we may witness a passing emotion within...

Weaving through day and night, we move in flux between structural restraints and societal expectations in search of belonging. We meander around a crowded concrete labyrinth, orienting our own emotions in the form of aspirations and memories. In this dream, we navigate the city whilst the city navigates us...

© 2020 Chris Lee

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