Visceral Ecologies

Visceral Ecologies

Visceral Ecologies

2020

Visceral Ecologies XIX

Visceral Ecologies XIX

Oil on canvas | 50cm x 40cm | 2020

Visceral Ecologies XVIII

Visceral Ecologies XVIII

Oil on canvas | 60cm x 46cm | 2020

Visceral Ecologies XIV

Visceral Ecologies XIV

Oil on canvas | 50cm x 40cm | 2020

Visceral Ecologies XV

Visceral Ecologies XV

Oil on canvas | 50cm x 40cm | 2020

Visceral Ecologies II

Visceral Ecologies II

Mixed media on paper | 110cm x 75cm | 2019

Visceral Ecologies I

Visceral Ecologies I

Mixed media on paper | 110cm x 75cm | 2019

Visceral Ecologies VII

Visceral Ecologies VII

Mixed media on paper | 110cm x 75cm | 2019

Visceral Ecologies IV

Visceral Ecologies IV

Mixed media on paper | 110cm x 75cm | 2019

Visceral Ecologies V

Visceral Ecologies V

Mixed media on paper | 110cm x 75cm | 2019

Visceral Ecologies III

Visceral Ecologies III

Mixed media on paper | 110cm x 75cm | 2019

Visceral Ecologies VI

Visceral Ecologies VI

Mixed media on paper | 110cm x 75cm | 2019

Visceral Ecologies VIII

Visceral Ecologies VIII

Mixed media on paper | 110cm x 75cm | 2019

Visceral Ecologies IX

Visceral Ecologies IX

Mixed media on paper | 110cm x 75cm | 2019

Visceral Ecologies XI

Visceral Ecologies XI

Mixed media on paper | 110cm x 75cm | 2019

Visceral Ecologies X

Visceral Ecologies X

Mixed media on paper | 110cm x 75cm | 2019

Visceral Ecologies XIII

Visceral Ecologies XIII

Mixed media on paper | 110cm x 75cm | 2019

Visceral Ecologies XVII

Visceral Ecologies XVII

Donated to "Partners in health" World Organisation | Oil on canvas | 50cm x 40cm | 2020

    What are the ecological conditions necessary to sustain all life on this planet? Or to put it in another way, what type of planet do we imagine ourselves inhabiting in the near future? We know that this world is itself now a brutal victim of planetary annihilation, suffering from what the philosopher and critical activist Adrian Parr has called the "wrath of capitalism". In mainstream representations, this either gives us an image of the world which is to be romantically preserved or one that is catastrophically fated by cataclysmic events to come. And yet we also know that those ecological conditions so integral to the human condition represent so much more than the audit of science. We live, breathe, feel and find ourselves aesthetically immersed, often in awe, with the unrivalled beauty and the generosity of natures ecological wonders.

 

And so whilst we might need the science to provide us with a warning about the devastating effects of worldly pollution and toxicity, and continue to work against a certain political denial, the climate is nevertheless changing (albeit at an accelerated and alarmingly unpredictable rate) and in the processes redesigning the ecological conditions for habitation. At this critical juncture in human history, with humans themselves now seen as the greatest source of planetary change (what is new referred to as the age of the Anthropocene), we desperately need to find reasons to believe in this world. This is not to deny that ecologies change. But is it to imagine that we can allow unpolluted ecologies to thrive, to continue to present their own story of colours, and in the process give to us the gift of feeling all too human. Visceral ecologies imagines the possibility of such a condition.  

2020

Due to the Covid Pandemic, Chantal Meza donated the piece 'Visceral Ecologies XVII' to the Global Organisation Partners in Health in Chiapas, Mexico. This donation extends her ongoing relationship with the Organisation. 

2020

As part of an edited book that featured 25 leading writers and critical thinkers, Chantal's work was featured in the Quarantine Files published by the Los Angeles Review of Books. This volume was curated by Brad Evans. 

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