Adele Van Heerden – Inside/ Outside
15 February to 14 March 2021

Adele van Heerden – Wintermute, Ink and Gouache on Film, 2020

Nature remains deeply ingrained in our language, culture and consciousness. For much of history, we have acted on an intuitive sense that we need connection with nature to feel well. Now, in the moment of our migration away from the wild and towards urbanisation and rapidly developing technology, more and more scientific evidence confirms its place at the heart of our psychological well-being.

This project started a year ago while on a residency at the Cité des Arts in Paris, during which I had the opportunity to visit many greenhouses and urban nature oases. I noticed a tendency to incorporate greenery, trees and gardens within the urban landscape. I arrived in Paris mid-winter, with public transport and most museums closed due to protests. I explored the city on foot, camera in hand. During this time I became particularly interested in human-made spaces and buildings which work in symbiosis with greenery and plants.

Adele van Heerden – Metropolis, Ink and Gouache on Film, 2020

Returning to Cape Town, my attention shifted from urban to the domestic. Being home after an extended time away and confined to the indoors due to the lockdown prompted a re-engagement with interior scenes. Many of us city-dwellers bring natural elements from outside indoors, comforting our biophilic selves by creating our own domestic greenhouses in our living rooms, sustaining our relationship to the organic world.

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