Jennifer Georgescu‘s photographs from her series ‘Sand, Stone, Dead Leaves, & Bone’ are conceptual pictures that seek to question the fundamental nature of what it is to be human, what it means to be a social animal living in a World that is out of our control. Her search has led her to analyse the dualisms in language, nature, relationships and control and create a body of work that is both intellectual and emotionally engaging.
In her current project she has deliberately created situations – of a backyard suburban nature – in which her subjects are off kilter, unsettled, engulfed by nature and vice versa. This dualism suggests that Georgescu believes that we as man fundamentally believe that if we don’t dominate nature it will dominate us while at the same time acknowledging that we are out of control. It is an irrational belief, a paranoid condition that has been part of our cultural heritage for millennia. Here’s what she has to say about her work:
It seems that while that we can recognize that we are a part of nature, there is evidence of a disconnect taking place. We have no solid definition of what it is that we claim to be a part of, and rationality is privileged over wildness and chaos. We set aside small areas of land for enjoyment, we pay to see caged animals; we want to “dabble” in nature so that we can feel closer to it. “Sand, Stones, Dead Leaves & Bone” examines our relationship to nature and the anxiety that comes from our lack of contact with it.