‘Landscape No. 3’ looks at what it means to construct an image of the natural environment.
I made the picture by scanning organic materials – soil, leaves, animal marks – and then reformulating these digitally into an image.
Using this process was a bit like how a scientist can extract samples from the ground, and use them to test or even clone organic life. But as an artist, I also view this type of act as quasi-mythical, and I reference mythical worlds to explore these themes.
The ability of humans to edit the natural world has reached an unimaginable scale – we manipulate and rebuild organic life endlessly. I used digital tools to imitate this strange process, and to think about its problems; how interfering with the soil, structure, and composition of the natural world causes unpredictable results.
By repurposing organic material in a digital image, ‘Landscape No. 3’ explores how the natural world is now subject to the glitches, distortion and fragmentation of the digital sphere.