Impossible Nature


Impossible Nature is a series of “spatial collages”. Using elaborate boxes and assemblages, Urso made over 20 artworks, combining book illustrations with natural elements and found objects — allowing trash to have a 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 color or small items). Is this 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.