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‘Take me with you’ Australian Galleries Melbourne 2024

The modern condition has resulted in a profound separation of mankind from the natural world. Likewise we insulate our personal selves from our own natural state. Increasing diagnosis of mental and physical malaise, are met by an eager pharmaceutical industry offering chemical interventions.

As part of a living ecological system from  which we often presume ourselves exempt, it’s becoming increasingly apparent we have paid a huge price for this
exceptionalism.   Perhaps instead of drugs and sugar hits we need most urgently to reconnect with our natural world, as an antidote or ‘Panacea’ against the stress and alienation of our fraught modern existence.

These new works offer a playful nexus between our commoditised consumer society and the natural world. I offer easily swallowed doses of nature to which our biophilic* needs remain. Iconic consumables such as ‘pop drink’ aluminium cans are another unit of convenient easy consumption on the go!.  

In other works Gas bottles are used to package or commodify the essence of a place, and provide another useful  container to remind that much like the pharmaceutical interventions we increasingly rely on,  the awe inspiring wild places we might visit are absorbed and contained within us, and can sustain and enrich our lives in ways a pill never could.

Even a fire extinguisher might be seen as a delivery system for nature. An emergency response to be applied liberally as needed.

 

Dale Cox 2024

* Biophilic. A love of living things and nature, which some people believe humans are born with, biophilia, the inborn affinity human beings have for other forms of life.

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