Nicole Banowetz makes sewn inflatable sculptures and delicate assembled forms, which move freely between growth and decay blurring the distinction between decoration and disease. Inspired by the natural world, Banowetz’s work addresses human qualities while using the imagery she finds in the animal, plant, mineral and bacterial worlds.
Nature Will Not Miss Us is inspired by the Anping Treehouse in Tainan City, Taiwan. The Anping Treehouse is one banyan tree that for the past 70 years has grown over and consumed an old warehouse, breaking through windows and creeping along walls. Seeing the manmade architecture overrun with the power of one tree a person feels awe and fear. The beauty and power overwhelms us. Nature Will Not Miss Us is a reminder of the power of nature and its ability to thrive in the absence of human interference. In the town we keep nature controlled, pruned, and potted, but we must remember that nature surrounds us.
Nature Will Not Miss Us is part of the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts, which runs Aug 10–19, 2018.