Fine Art students have taken part in a day of action – Remember Nature – to help ward off extinction. Led by artist and political activist Gustav Metzger, Remember Nature is a collective artwork reminding people of the importance of the richness and complexity of nature.
A number of students from our Bachelors and Masters Fine Art courses took part, displaying a number of pieces in Farnham’s Linear Gallery that were created to address global issues such as extinction, climate change and environmental pollution.
Here’s what some of our Fine Artists had to say about taking part in the project, and their nature-inspired creations:
Pippa Ward, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Year 3
“This piece is created with green bottle tops collected over four years. I was inspired in my first year by Gustav Metzger – I had a piece in the last show he did here. Since then a lot of the work I’ve done has been environmental and used plastics.
“People are particularly noticing the lids from a company called Innocent. They use green matter from a company that is far from innocent. “
Hollie Collings, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Year 2
“The video is called Breathe and shows me falling out of a lake – it’s a visual representation of how I was feeling at the time. I hope the audience feel that there’s a connection to nature with my video, and they can feel as though they’re not under pressure when they’re watching it and it calms them.
“As soon as I heard about this project, I thought it sounded exciting and wanted to be a part of it.”
Mary Simmons, MA Fine Art, Year 2
“The work looks at the environmental issue of wasted old technology and the re-utilisation of it, and comments on the built-in obsolescence of objects. It’s a combination of objects that are taken from the detritus of life and society.
“It’s got an iPhone attached to it. It’s like a selfie, but it’s looking outward so people can see the gaze of the technology that’s been lost.”
Nicola Rogers, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Year 2
“It’s about the urban sprawl and the fact we’re building over green fields and the green belt. It smells weird and looks strange so I hope it gets people thinking what it’s about.
“I think Remember Nature is realty important to get people aware of what’s going on and the only way to do that is to get people thinking about it in a different way."
Amber Clausner, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Year 2
“The inside is an animation which rotates like the buffering symbol we see every day, but it’s made out of the bright colours of the leaf. I hope it creates this outside/inside experience that makes people go into the space. It’s like a transformation of sight in the ordinary surroundings.
“I was really excited when I heard I could be part of this. I love Gustav Metzger’s work so much so this was really big for me to be a part of this.”
Sophie Bownes, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Year 3
“My practice is about highly saturated idealisms and the difference between idealisms and stimulations. In this work specifically the image is of the highly kitsch, colourful inflatable palm tree that is so different from reality – it’s a humorous idea.
“I hope it’s quite eye-catching but with the subtle message that in reality there’s a lot going on with problems in nature. It’s a totem from that – I’m showing that this isn’t what it’s like, it’s not all brightly coloured out there."
Jessica Tallett, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Year 3
“It’s about the gaze of animals within a zoo setting using a collage of images of animals that face oppression. I hope it evokes ideas of the role of the zoo and I hope people are intrigued. The work is quite abstract and not too literal.
“I think Remember Nature brings to people in a creative manner the destruction of nature and how people don’t appreciate the world we live in.”
Denise Walsh, MA Fine Art, Year 1
“The work is called Wonderland and it’s two digital prints. They’re taken from some found postcards I put down on a scanner randomly so I didn’t know what the outcome would be, because I wanted to replicate the randomness of climate change.
“The black one represents the void left by humans and by nature, whilst the other one represents the tourism of people going off skiing and sightseeing and how they destroy the area.”
You can find out more about Remember Nature by reading our previous news story here.