While we move into the future, we are changing our connection to wilderness. Only a few true wild places are left. In the world and in ourselves.
The wilderness // Inside
I believe that everyone has a connection to wilderness, no matter how civilized we become, nature has it's root growing inside of us. Painting enables me to visit a hidden place, the wilderness, inside of me. It is a place where colors are vivid and nature is abundant. Don't we all have a instinctive need to connect to the natural and wild, even if that's sometimes just a place inside of us?
The future // of wilderness
It is not modern civilization where I find the most extravagant beauty, it's in nature. In my work I use references from the real wilderness on our planet, which has always deeply inspired me. But here we are ruled by technological innovation, moving away from wilderness at great speed. It is a daunting notion that tigers soon could only be seen alive in zoo's instead of wild nature. Most humans spend their lives in concrete jungles, in between concrete walls. How does this change us? Can we still connect to wilderness and feel it speaking to us?
New nature // reflections
In wilderness you'll find animals who were roaming this planet long before us. Can we coexist with them? Or will we reshape our connection? We now can manipulate nature up to great extend. By altering dna and unraveling the laws of nature, we move into the future. A process that is already slowly changing everything that is natural. I call it ' New Nature' wherein nature becomes a reflection of us. In my art you'll find hints of this future. Where all animals are like avatars, in it we can see ourselves, linked to nature as symbols in our yet contemporary life.
Mladen Verlangen (1985) visual artist originally from Serbia,