My current body of work was sparked by a curiosity about natural disasters and the feelings of fear associated with them. Over time, the work has moved to addressing the relationships and barriers, in western life, between people and the world around them.

In a sense, we believe ourselves to be separate and insulated from nature, yet literally everything in our lives comes from and is connected to the natural world, from the processed soy product in our energy bars to the petroleum based plastics in our computers. At the same time, we live in an era when it is possible to be distracted by electronic gadgets and entertainment during every waking moment. I believe this creates a culture where there is little self reflection or feeling of connection with our immediate environment. It's as if people are walking through the world in a dream, only aware of real life in the periphery.

This work plays on these concepts in different ways, at times creating distance from the outside world, at other times being literally overrun by it. I see the pieces functioning as "mini-installations", in that I would like viewers to be able to imagine themselves in the created environment in a way that renders the scale irrelevant. In a way, the pieces act as distractions themselves, ideally transporting the viewer for a short period of time. My hope is that this time is meditative enough that viewers will come away with a heightened sense of what is going on around them in the world.

Noah Nakell