We have seen how the quarantine and the resultant confinement in the closed quarters of our homes have given gardening a renewed interest. A mania for philodendrons, cacti, succulents, and other plants that we think are beautiful, has taken hold of many individuals; even those who never thought they had a green thumb. This is symptomatic of a greater regeneration that the natural world has experienced, with the lessened intervention of man because of the worldwide quarantines. In a way, it allowed us to renew our connection with the natural world, and see, from a different perspective, how interconnected everything is, and how we fit in the natural scheme of things.
What started out as a plant-inspired exhibition prior to the quarantine of 2020 is reprised by Galerie Stephanie. A loose survey of contemporary art inspired by the natural world and greenery, now with a broader geographic scope to represent the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and beyond; is undertaken with Natural Progression II.
We do not know if this pre-occupation with plants is a permanent thing or a passing fancy. But what we are sure is that the deepening ties with the natural world is indeed a welcome progression.
curated by Ricky Francisco