Landscape, scene, reality, illusion. Colors, darkness, peek and observe.
The globalized metropolis has outsourced the natural landscape for buildings and asphalt. How does humankind deal with its inherent need for natural environments when fields and forests have been replaced by canalized rivers and sky scrapers?
Artificiality’s standardization is the starting point to depict our withdrawal from natural environments. At the same time, this evokes our need to design other forms of contact with nature, albeit in controlled environments that are unable to hide the coldness of our own nature.
The Diorama series, accomplished at the São Paulo Aquarium, investigates nature’s appropriation and confinement by humankind. Natural and artificial come together in such an intrinsic way that they can no longer be distinguished, producing environments that are at the once oddly cozy and surreal.
Paula Pedrosa is a visual artist and naturalist, based in São Paulo, Brazil, who uses photography as a creative extension of her training in the natural sciences. Influenced by her educational background, she develops projects that investigate concepts surrounding contemporary nature, interweaving science and imagination, the micro and the macro, the factual and the marvelous. Her work focuses on how humankind relates to the landscape, depicting the boundaries between the natural and artificial, belonging and displacement, and appropriation.