The Death of Nature is an ongoing series of work by leading contemporary artist Michael Porter RWA. Started in 2011, the series has grown organically over the last three years, providing a timely commentary on the environment. In The Death of Nature the natural landscape is configured as a ravaged resource under attack from the human race and systematically stripped of its assets with little regard for consequence. This environmental notion of conflict echoes themes explored elsewhere in the exhibition programme.
In The Death of Nature Porter has envisaged a cold, disturbing depiction of the natural world, its monochromatic tone creating a stark contrast to the colourful landscapes of the Nash brothers. His work utilises the inherent characteristics of the paint itself, juxtaposing this with highly contrived, precisely painted areas portraying discarded objects such as feathers, stones and lichen. His commitment to combining these two distinctly different methods of working acts as a metaphor for Porter’s vision of discord between human and environment, echoing a sense of symbiosis strived for throughout his work.
For the past twenty years Porter has worked exclusively from the landscape, using locations that he has been familiar with over long periods of time. His work incorporates both time past and time present, creating stratas of memory that chart nature’s demise.
Back From the Front - Art, Memory and the Aftermath of War explores the theme of conflict and memory across a series of interrelated exhibitions including Brothers in Art: John and Paul Nash; Shock and Awe, and The Death of Nature.
The exhibition and programme is curated by Professor Paul Gough and supported by Arts Council England, the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and the University of the West of England, Bristol.
The Death of Nature has also been kindly supported by Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens