Brian D Collier: Artist, Educator, Re-Naturalist
"...there is no more nature that stands apart from human beings. There is no place of living things that we haven't changed." -Jedediah Purdy
Is it possible to consider the unbridled offspring of human-introduced plants and animals "wild"? If not, how should we define these familiar but ill-defined cousins of what is conventionally called "nature"? This everyday version of nature, which I define as The Re-Natural Environment, is a conglomerate of native and introduced species that have managed to remain, or reinsert themselves, in the interstitial spaces of human-dominated landscapes.
For over 20 years I have been creating interdisciplinary projects that investigate the influence of humans on other species and our impact on the places we live. I am most interested in the contrast between our culturally generated understanding of the natural world and actual everyday experiences with plants and other-than-human animals. I make work to provide opportunities for people to have a deeper level of engagement with these other species. Art can increase awareness of the innumerable ways we influence and interact with them. My goal is to reframe what we conventionally call "nature" and remove artificial separations between humans and the other species we live with.
-Brian D Collier