“I go and come with a strange liberty with Nature, a part of herself.”
~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Perhaps the longest and most primal relationship humans ever had is with Nature. From biological sustenance to spiritual enrichment, the structure of humans’ connections defines the core of their being and ultimately—survival. This is the same attachment that American essayist and poet Henry David Thoreau aims to impart in his 1854 autobiographical work Walden (Life in the Woods). Narrating his solitude in the woods in sublime prosaic philosophies, Thoreau inspires generations on the importance of nurturing this relationship and the beauty that blooms out of it.
More than a century after the publication of this literary classic, the Walden Pond encounter resurfaces in the form of artworks of six contemporary painters. Suggestively baptized as Walden Revisited, this group show consists of artworks by Indonesian artists Roby Dwi Antono and Imam Santoso, and local artists Emman Acasio, Lawrence Cervantes, Sarah Geneblazo, and Lyndon Maglalang. This unique representation of the interconnectedness of humans and nature, imbued with Thoreau’s musings of living in the world of raw splendor, hopes to highlight Nature’s beauty through art the way she always deserves to be seen.