Amazonia Expedition

Date: 2008
Ref: 0.5518
Materials: Pencil, pigment ink, water colour on Fabriano paper
Dimensions: 38 x 56.5cm
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta

The Amazonia Expedition drawings portray the artists' responses to a three-week expedition they undertook to the Peruvian rainforest in 2009, accompanying a team of Oxford University scientists from the Environmental Change Institute. The watercolour drawings completed in their Paris-based studio record a number of poetic impressions to this collaborative experience. The artists' playful iconography depicts the mutual dependency between humans and nature while speaking of a much greater urgency. The human species, more dependent on nature than nature is on it, will ultimately bring about the decline of our natural world unless we seek change and find solutions to climate change, by placing ourselves within nature and not outside, or superior to it.

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