This artwork was featured in the exhibition Jennifer Wanner: Second Nature at the Glenbow Museum, October 7, 2017 – January 14, 2018. In the exhibition, Wanner explored ideas of genetic engineering, technology, conservation and the human relationship with nature.
Jennifer Wanner is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist based in Calgary. She has exhibited her work throughout Canada and in Poland. She has had solo exhibitions at the Glenbow, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Dunlop Art Gallery, Two Rivers Art Gallery, Okotoks Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of St. Albert.
Jennifer's artist statement:
The essentialist position of nature as “truth,” and art’s “duty” to closely observe and translate it as such, is no longer regarded as viable for contemporary artists. Instead of simply re-presenting a Romantic failure, my botanical watercolour paintings, collages, and stop-motion animations serve as critiques of our continued human drive for dominance over nature, as well as our complacency towards that dominance. These works act as propositions for botanical art and nature cinema in a world dominated by a Marxist “second nature” – a virtual simulation of pristine “first nature” wrought by the revolution in information, biotechnologies, and consumer culture. My art practice explores how both art historical constructs and scientific objective means of observing the natural world have shaped our western concept of nature. My work attempts to operate between two Romantic realms: fascination with mastery over natural processes and unease with what our technology might unleash.
Learn more about Jennifer and her work on her website at www.jenniferwanner.com.