Friday, February 5, 2016
Wearing Our Gardens
It seems that, the more artificial our culture became, the more we wanted the world we could not control to be on our bodies. Of course the twisting part of this from a psychological perspective, is that the mere rendering of these natural forms on our clothing was in itself a way of controlling them. By taking the plants in our world and recreating them in another form on textiles, we also expressed our deep seated desire to have everything around us neatly understandable, and in line with our desires. That the natural world continues to evade such control was and is, I am sure, a significant player in the profundity of how much we want to bring it to heel. Anything we cannot understand or control we go after resolutely.