Size: 20"W x 16"H x 2"D
Year Created: 2016
"On Earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it."
Man's greatest fear is the inability to control his own environment. Our collective, privileged intent serves to drive a greater rift between ourselves and the world we have built cities on top of to shut out. Tucked away in a corner of France was the synthetic beauty of a JARDIN.
Despite its unnatural perfection I could still appreciate it's subtle wildness. An overgrown bush hung lazily over a bench, a patch of grass willfully sprouting under a slab of concrete beneath my feet and the smallest honey bee, extracting nectar from a wildflower that had no place amongst the roses.
Beyond the park's walls, the city bustled on and in the distance a smog cloud ruined my view. I resented it all. As a race; our control drives us to tear down trees to make way for homes. Our control makes way to sustain fun, or convenience or greed. Our control drives us to create picture perfect slices of nature, so we don't miss out on the few remaining beauties of the world that we leech from.
What's left then, when there is no more air because the trees have been ripped from the roots? What's left when fun gives way to agony, convenience leads to strife and greed is replaced with famine?
Humans have yet to grasp the idea that nothing we do can sustain ourselves. The true sustenance comes from the truth that we are only visitors on a long list of dead and gone species to rise and rule this planet, but the true ruling force is the planet itself. The true power lives in the blade of grass, and the undemanding honey bee. The true world isn't ours at all.
Jardin is inspired by the juxtaposition of wild nature against the metal and glass backdrop of all humanity. Inspired by the reality of man's small impact on a larger world, a world that would go on living long after our conscious and unconscious destructions.
Seth Foss is a multi-layered artist born and raised in small town Wisconsin and currently residing in NYC. His education consists of Fine Art, Fashion Design and Makeup Design obtained from both London College of Fashion and the University of Wisconsin. His current work plays with the emotional duality between nature and modern civilization.