This body of work was included in the first of two exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
As our culture moves further from the natural world we continue to pull certain elements of it along with us. The more we pull these elements along, the more bizarre their manifestation. Nature relaxation CD’s, potted plants, and captive animals provide a few eerily soothing examples of how we attempt to remain connected to nature while further embedding ourselves in synthetic environments.
In much of my current work I take elements found in both natural and artificial environments and fuse them together in various multimedia scenarios. The sounds, objects, and images that emerge in my work serve as a reflection on our increasing desire for manicured natural experience.- Ryan Hackett 2009