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Barbara Roux
New York, NY

I am an artist who communicates directly with nature. My work concerns issues of natural history, habitat loss and conservation. The little events caused by some interference on the life of an isolated plant in the wilderness concerns me. Walking through wild areas I hunt for the out of season and out of place. My projects are my narrative on lives that are on the verge and struggling. The land has secrets and needs that I wish to know. In my installations, photographs, narratives and sculpture my engagement with the land comes through in a layering of experience. And by identifying, presenting and enhancing fragments from nature in my work I give them a voice of their own. Saint Thomas Aquinas spoke of the "vegetative soul" which exists in nature. Like the mirror I use in my work that is shaped like a house, I see the natural world as a powerful mirror of our own society, both alive and being altered and damaged by progress. Like all structured communities the wilderness is in a search for survival. Through my work I hope I will inspire people to become interested in the mysteries inherent in wild places. From interest a desire to protect may follow.

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