Seeing the Wood for the Trees

Martin Prothero

Seeing the Wood for the Trees

“How can we imagine or build a new relationship with the natural world?”

My art practice has developed over the years to address this same question, from many different angles. What is unusual about this work for RANE is that I have become the subject matter, using my own body to experience alternative perspectives.

In response to the question, I am putting myself into situations where my very sustenance depends on a direct contact with the immediate natural world. Learning core skills somewhat similar to those of our hunter-gatherer ancestors or those cultures more closely allied to the earth. Research that Western education has left me totally unprepared for.

Living, surviving in one place, sensing and interacting with other animals and plants around me and forming a new understanding of their place in my life, and conversely my place in theirs. Seeing the wood for the trees.