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
In my work I use references collected from the last wild places on our planet. These areas have always inspired me deeply. But here we are ruled by technological innovation, moving away from wilderness at great speed. Humans spend entire lives in concrete jungles, in between concrete walls. Can we still have a connection to wilderness? How long until real wilderness no longer exists, only in our memory?
New nature // reflections
We manipulate nature up to great extend. Even by altering DNA and therefore we are moving into a new natural future. I call it ' New Nature' wherein nature becomes a reflection of us. Where animals are like avatars, altered by our desires. In them we can see ourselves, linked to nature as symbols in our yet contemporary life.
Mladen Verlangen (1985) visual artist originally from Serbia,