At times, Nature is the master of Humanity… and at other times, Humanity certainly rules Nature.
Nature makes us hurry inside when she weeps rain upon the world. With hurricanes, she toys with us. Tornadoes are used to punish, earthquakes to throw us about like pebbles in a child’s game. We live on her land, and through that, she rules over us. Our very bodies belong to her - they age in rhythm with her, and they are subject to urges and desires that she imposes on us. In some ways, we’re little but slaves to Nature’s ways.
But Humanity… on the other hand… has found another way to dominate. Humanity destroys what we touch. We reach out towards pretty things in greed, and leave a trail of death behind. We fence the woods in, we run over the animals and poison the seas. Ours is a different kind of mastery but it is one nevertheless. Nature serves us because she has no other choice. Humanity always expects Nature to mend what damage we’ve done: heal the woods burned down, return the animals hunted to extinction and cleanse the seas… never considering what will happen the day Nature is no longer there to catch us.
In this piece, I tried to show this relationship. Humanity a naïve yet destructive burden, the smile on her lips slight and dreamy as she thinks of the beautiful flowers she will pluck and the lovely birds she will see while all around her these very things now fade away. She’s blind to the destruction she causes. She knows that Nature will be there for her, she knows that there will always be the scent of flowers and always the gentle surge of the sea. She is Nature’s master in that Nature has no choice but to try to catch her and always try to mend the damage she has done… but she is Nature’s slave because she must breathe the air, drink the water and eat the food that only Nature can give her.
I didn’t want a conventional take on the Master and Servant theme. I wanted one that I felt would be meaningful for me. Those who have followed the progress know that I’ve put thought into pretty much every little symbol - there’s a reason to why there is a peach tree in the background (peach symbolising femininity in many cultures), there’s a reason to why I flipped the picture around (wanting the destruction to move in a clockwise motion) and the colours are almost exactly the same as I laid them out in the beginning, wanting the warm, rich colours to symbolise the life that’s being taken away. I chose two women to represent humanity and nature because a man and a woman would only lend a conventional, romantic aspect to the image… and I’ve always imagined Nature a feminine quality.
That’s it. Thank you for your time, thank you everyone for the help. Finally I’ll be able to get some sleep.