GC’s New Art Exhibit Explores Humanity and Nature

FIU's Graham Center's new art exhibit, "The Nature of Nature," seeks to spark conversations on the relationship between nature and humanity. Pictured: Kaylee Morera gave guests a further explanation towards her #Trending Series, which offers comparisons between high fashion and pollution. Jesse Fraga/PantherNOW

Maritza De Armas/Staff Writer

“The Nature of Nature,” a new art exhibit, is making the piano room in the Graham Center its home for the remainder of the month.

Students and guests pondered on humanity’s relationship with nature while enjoying snacks and music on Friday, Jan. 10.

One of the exhibit’s curators, Tiffany Tompkins, discusses one of her pieces in the exhibit, “Undesirable Weeds.” Maritza De Armas/PantherNOW

The exhibit’s curators, Tiffany Tompkins and Daniela Suzarte, hosted an artist and a curator Q&A session, where they encouraged guests to question where humanity’s relationship with nature currently stands and bring awareness on how we can protect the planet we call home.

At the Q&A session a few of the artists gave insight into their work. 

Kaylee Morera spoke about her #Trending Series artwork, which offers comparisons between high fashion and pollution. 

“It’s commenting on how we humans normalize things like that. We are normalizing the harmful effects of pollution happening to these animals in the wild,” said Morera.

Closing her statement, Morera said, “this isn’t a trend. This isn’t something to just post about. It’s something to actually do something about.”

Danielle Bieger dove into her process when it came to creating her collages made out of magazine clippings. 

Danielle Bieger delves into her process when it came to creating her collages made out of magazine clippings. Jesse Fraga/PantherNOW

“The concept is being able to rebuild scenes using things that are already in nature but bringing it into a new nature and using recycled materials, like making art out of things that we already have or dispose of mindlessly,” said Bieger. 

Bieger also mentioned how the process of her work came from the process of how our minds naturally create patterns.

“We have those natural patterns in the ways we think, what we naturally create,” she said.

 Tiffany Tompkins also discussed one of her pieces in the exhibit, “Undesirable Weeds,” a painting of dandelions up close. 

“This is symbolic in a way that these things are still important even though they are minuscule and unnoticed…It’s all about perspective,” said Tompkins.

The GC Exhibit is open Monday-Friday, from 6 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday, 6 a.m.-12 a.m. Free. Exhibition runs through Jan. 31.

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