In our collective effort to understand the world, we’re driven to name and catalog everything around us. From cave painting to modern ecology and zoology this impulse is not necessarily purely aesthetic or scientific. Naming and cataloguing can include the assignment of moral or metaphorical associations. Implicit is the desire to know and understand ourselves. We share the earth with a variety of life forms and as the curious ape that has taken on a divine task, we give an identity to all that we see. Each of the 37 artists in our exhibition have gone on their own expeditions and present compelling works inspired by the imagination and observation of the natural world.