FAIRY DOORS of the Symbiocene
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. ~ Aldous Huxley
This project started during the quarantine year of 2020; a time when microcosms took centre stage and reminded us that our physical, emotional, and mental health is intrinsically tied to the trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi that live within us and around us. Knowledge is very limited regarding the psychological aspects of human-nature relationships that underlie individual human responses in times of pandemic crises. The concept of connectedness with nature offers a relevant and useful lens to inform us about how humans think, feel and behave in such critical times. As the pandemic dragged on, my need to connect with nature intensified resulting in a heightened sense of joy and reassurance of feeling more attuned to the natural world while being present with it.
The doors are made from natural materials found along my walks in nature and accentuated with found objects either found along the various walking trails or random objects/pieces that remind me of the place the door is made to identify.
Anthropocene is viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. The period of 2020 and Covid 19 brought about the understanding (for me) of the detriment of the Anthropocene perspective and realized the imperative need for moving forward into the Symbiocene. A term characterized by harmonious interactions between humans and all other living beings.
✨There is a belief that if you build them (the fairy doors), they (the fairies) will come. ✨