Impossible Nature


Impossible Nature is a series of spatial collages*. Through elaborated boxes and assemblages, Urso made over twenty artworks, combining book illustrations with natural elements and found objects (objets trouvés) — trash gaining new life thanks to the change of context (artistic recycling). The series combines materials of organic origin — sticks and dry plants — with fragments of imaginary nature, mainly drawings of exotic birds cut from a nature album, with other elements (such as bird food stacked by their color or small items). A story about the artificiality of nature? About the complex relationship between nature and art? About beauty that must be artificial, about ornamentation or the decorative function of art? The intention of this large group of works is to create a contrast between the fictional world of images — surrogates of reality — and reality itself.

*definition and passages of the text, partially rearranged from the pamphlet of the exhibition Exotic? (2015), MPZ Zacheta – National Gallery of Warsaw, curated by Magda Kardasz