Jeanette Sætre (NO)
Green in Nature is One Thing, 2015
Green in Nature is One Thing is the image of a drawing, scanned, resized, printed and scanned again, until this image appeared. Like storytelling, historical or fictional – relayed information, translated and interpreted, is a whispering game, where the end-point differs greatly from the initial position.
The title refers to half a quote from Virginia Woolf´s Orlando, where Orlando struggles with writing verse with substance and truth. Looking at a laurel bush outside the window, (s)he cannot write another line: “Green in nature is one thing, green in literature another. Nature and letters seem to have a natural antipathy; bring them together and they tear each other to pieces.”
The image is part of the project Nature Studies. The idea of a “Nature Study” to me is interesting both as studies of materials and as a linguistic construct. The project is concerned with exploring the concept of the “natural”, and the languages that govern the way we acquire notions of substance and truth – and how already-explored and established convictions are shaped historically.