Size: 36"W x 24"H x 0.8125"D
Year Created: 2014
This is a car in Barbuda. I love the interwoven nature/culture aspects.
I believe there is an opportunity in looking closely at the landscape—not as a distinct other, but as an environment that we are always in and of. Perhaps in acknowledging this connection and exploring it through art, we can make steps toward a more responsible ecology of place.
I consistently try to not see the world as Nature and Culture or subject and object, but as a unified field of relationships. Dualism is an oversimplification that is harmful to our current ecological condition—when we view the non-human world as objects, it is a precursor for abusing the world as well as divorcing ourselves from any responsibility for our planetary impact. We are not the sole subject of the narrative of Earth. Our landscapes are woven with the stories, trajectories and agencies of human, animal, plant, mineral, idea and thing. We have a dependence on this landscape of things, alive and material, which in turn is dependent on us.
Noel Hefele lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He was born and raised in Connecticut. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon in 2002 and MA in Arts and Ecology in the UK in 2010. Hefele was the first artist in residence at the Barbuda Archeological Research center in the Caribbean in 2013. He has exhibited internationally and has work in many private collections. He serves on the board of a non-profit community arts organization in his Brooklyn neighborhood.