Anthropomorphic Nature

Anthropomorphic Nature


What is it that makes us want to impose our human thoughts, feelings, motivations, dreams and anxieties on the natural world, especially the animal kingdom?  Artist Simon Johan follows this impulse and uses it in his ongoing series, Until the Kingdom Comes.  Taking photographs of live animals, taxidermy, and landscape, he assembles perfect nature settings, giving each animal a curiously human feeling.  The artist says that his work speaks to the ” human fantasy that one day, in some way, life will come to a blissful resolution.”   The animals take on a very human qualities, either in conflict or in seemingly peaceful contemplation.  Taken in whole, the series confronts our very human desire to have nature be a perfect and neatly understood in our terms.

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