Bodies in Nature is a study of the human form and its context within the natural world, comprising three groups of work: Postcards from Pachamama, The Gold Images and Pink on the Inside.
It is a celebration of sensuality, romanticising and empowering bodies regardless of gender or any other factor. I am interested in the relationship between the physical versus the intellectual, specifically the common exclusion of one from the other within British culture, which leads to frustration and a need to escape.
The desire those of us from cold countries hold for the Tropics, the fantasy of an island retreat; the shame felt due to an inherited history of colonisation. I’m also interested in the relationship between the natural versus the artificial; humans are so detached from the natural world that we have come to see ourselves as something greater than nature and we are suffering the consequences.
Since the growth of our consciousness we have driven an anthropogenic reorganisation of the nature around us. The need for humans to re-entangle with mother nature is getting more urgent by the day. Worse even than our detachment from nature is our detachment from and prejudice towards one another, and my work is a campaign to see ourselves as a part of the microcosm and macrocosm. I use both analogue and digital techniques as a metaphor for these polarities of the human condition, to demonstrate that opposites can coexist and compliment one another.
Jessy Boon Cowler
Jessy is a photographic artist born and based in south London. She explores her concerns with the dislocations between the constructed and the natural worlds, and the intellectual and the physical, through the tensions between digital and analogue image making. Her work is process-led and a form of self-expression.
Named as one of Firecracker’s 10 Women to Watch in 2020 on PHmuseum, she has exhibited at Peckham 24, the Cob Gallery, Candid Arts and the AOP galleries in London; in Buenos Aires and Bogota, and has curated and produced shows in St Giles Church Crypt, Camberwell and The Viking Gallery, Margate. Her work has been published by Der Greif, Photoworks, Aint-Bad, Uncertain States and Humble Arts Foundation amongst others. She has collaborated with NGOs in the UK and Latin America, facilitating participatory photography workshops as a means to educate and empower.