Theoretical research explores nature, through representation and within a historical framework, as a theoretical or visual illusion, investigating and confronting the contemporary idea of modern nature as separate from man and largely absent from the city, requiring, as park and garden, human re-installation and tending.
The amelioration of the very term 'nature' requires us to understand our present ideals as an ongoing speculation, by man, into the unknown, and an effort to reconcile the human within the universe. By distinguishing one from the other, the very idea of landscape architecture as either a pursuit of form versus a pursuit of process, is manifest.
the illusion of nature : inquiry
trained as a scientist (observer) and a designer (shaper/guider) but never as a participant. this is self taught. it is not beautiful, it is raw. it is rudimentary tools and measurements and ideas out of focus. wandering, cataloguing what i see, creating images and objects that deal with what is outside of and independent of me. how does the idea of nature, this human construct, translate into an imaginative image? how does one measure what one sees? exploring nature as a theoretical or visual illusion. a cartography of sorts, a catalogue of the non-verbal discussion of landscape, kitsch imagery of the nature tourist and knowledge of the scientist aside. unknown beyond what i see, using my hands and eyes to find what becomes clearer the more or less i look. the experience of moving into the landscape. gait and tempo combine with the found artifacts to influence the design of my experience which is necessary before design of someone else's. i convey essential atmospheric, material and formal ideas without reflecting any precise parameters of a given site. like an ecologist, then cartographer, using science, technique and aesthetics to mold into a physical reality the illusion of the landscape. the illusion of nature.