Since the beginning of time, it would seem that nature and culture were interlocked in a neverending exchange. Their relationship to one another is one of give and take along with love and hate. Without one, the other cannot exist as culture and nature continuously shape one another. Stuck in tandem since the beginning of time, the structure of their relationship all depends on timing.
Personally, I find the relations of nature and culture to be a little bit funny; they remind me of an old married couple. They’ve been together for as long as anyone can remember and they bring out the best and worst in each other. Yet nature and culture can’t sever their bond. This diptych is a depiction and exploration of said relationship. Nature and Culture have been personified and are fully invested in one another. Nothing exists beyond them. It’s either war or peace. Anger or cheer and comfort. They are two sides of the same coin and the same could be said of the two different states of their bond. The petunias sprouting out of Nature’s head can symbolically mean either anger and resentment or the desire to be with someone because they bring comfort. The collage style of this diptych further lends to the surrealistic and irrational of qualities of the dynamic duo and their ties to one another.
P.S. Erika, if you’re reading this SOS!!!!!! I went back and tried to re-save the pictures (I double checked the resolution of the individual .psd files and they were both at 300 DPI) but they still get pixelated when put into the diptych 😦