Michael Ryan Handley
My mind and body are Western American: my early firings influenced by landscapes barren of vegetation, astounding rock formations and the visual passing of time. I work with themes of landscape, transformation of nature, and the environment. These are the most important cultural topics in the 21st Century. I am not a political artist. I don’t make environmentalist art, yet the processes I develop for the realization of my work make specific reference to the polarization around our current environmental situation. For the first time in history, humans are a weather phenomenon—we have the power to control the natural forces of the world. By our own definition of nature as “anything not created or touched by the hands of humans,” nature no longer exists. As our control of nature evolves, so too will our ability to reconcile our connection with it. Through this evolution, will we become closer to what we believe is the source of nature—or stretched further apart?
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