Webinar – Feral Landscapes: Ecosystems in a Concrete Jungle
This Zoom webinar with artist Ellie Irons aired October 27, 2021, as part of a series of conversations with artists featured in the exhibit Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans. Watch a recording in the player above.
For years, interdisciplinary artist Ellie Irons has explored the indomitability of plants. In a concrete-laden corner of Brooklyn, she has been making watercolor paint from the weedy plants that thrive in the city, and has also used photography to document what she terms the "feral landscapes" they inhabit, tracing the ongoing cycles of growth, maintenance, decay, and development that characterize these urban green spaces.
In this conversation with co-founder and executive director of Capital Nature, Stella Tarnay, moderated by co-curator of the Unsettled Nature exhibition, Scott Wing, Irons provides an overview of her Feral Landscape Typologies project, exploring how urban ecology and so-called "vacant" space intertwine to create vibrant, dynamic habitats in dense city settings.
Host: Amanda Sciandra, a public programs coordinator at the National Museum of Natural History.
Unsettled Nature: Artist Event Series
What is "natural" in a world where the human imprint is everywhere? In the exhibition Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans formerly at the National Museum of Natural History, contemporary artists challenged viewers to think about the changes we make to our planet. We hosted a series of conversations with them on the power of art to illuminate our relationship with the natural world. September 2021 – March 2022