MODERN MAN IS IN NATURE'S CROSSHAIRS
What is the difference between a virus attacking humanity, and humanity being the virus attacking Gaia, Mother Earth? What’s the difference in a process that thins the human herd, and for example, the natural course of the burning of forest undergrowth? In both cases, nature is responding to over-population.
Modern man is in Nature’s crosshairs. His utter disregard of the symbiotic relationship of all living things in spite of everything science is teaching us, is counterproductive to the needs of a healthy planet and displays an arrogance deserving of a final retribution.
When I started this project, the idea of environmental collapse and self destruction was secondary to the inherent and somewhat ironic beauty of the “nature morté” I found in the landscape. The pandemic, shutting down of daily life, and this year’s unsurprising fires surrounding my town of Taos, not to mention the war in Ukraine, has brought home the real issues, our undeniable connections to all that is, and our absolute refusal to acknowledge it.
I wanted a representation that looks at our existence as folly.
Gaia is one pissed off bitch, betting our headlong race to oblivion is swift and final.
JEFF BAKER | TAOS, NEW MEXICO