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Neva Nobles-Alder

Whether through natural field photography or sculptural construction, I am interested in the push and pull between subjects often reviled, paired with inviting, dramatic scenery. I imagine and create worlds that stem from a lifelong appreciation of nature but cannot avoid speaking to environmental instability and loss of biodiversity.

My work acts as an intermediary between scientific fascination and ideas of classical beauty within formal art.

Working with the aesthetic conventions and ideology employed by Romantic landscape painters of the early nineteenth century, the depiction of the landscape as dramatic and potent, utilizing a full tonal range of light, and a vivid color palette; through the placement of hand-carved landscape models, projection backgrounds, and controlled lighting. All are culminating into painterly photographic scenes carefully arranged, as a kind of visual poetry I place insects in roles often occupied by a human. 

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