2 June 2024

Eutierria

A group exhibition at CARVALHO PARK
is co-curated by Dovetail editor Kate Mothes

We have always been collectors, observing nature through a deeply ingrained desire for meaning. Growth and natural cycles are intrinsic to our desire to gather, compare, and admire—a persistent search for wholeness and connection. The earliest-known keepsake interred with a human was a small cone shell, Conus ebraeus, which had been notched by hand and strung on a pendant, unearthed from a Stone Age infant’s grave—a ritual, a gesture, a return to nature—transmogrified in time and place.

Environmentalist and sustainability scholar Glenn A. Albrecht coined the term eutierria, from the Greek eu, meaning “good,” and tierra, “earth,” to describe the pleasing feeling of “oneness with the earth and its life forces, where the boundaries between self and the rest of nature are obliterated,” resulting in a deep sense of peace and connectedness. (Albrecht characterizes the phenomenon’s opposite, solastalgia, as an emotional distress kindled by changes in our environment.) Self and nature become indistinguishable.

Moments of physical connection, like observing trees wavering in the sun through closed eyelids, digging our hands into the soil, or sitting still and undistracted on the bank of a river, catalyze a reawakening, a symbiosis with our surroundings. The systems that circulate blood through our veins, produce breath, and protect us also mirror the inhalations and exhalations, nourishing streams, and varied terrain of the planet itself. Simultaneously resilient and vulnerable, these systems are interwoven yet mutually susceptible to the other. Eutierria provides the starting point for this exhibition featuring seven artists working across media, from wood and watercolor to clay and wool, examining the delicate balance and mutuality of bodies and nature.

See the show at CARVALHO PARK in Brooklyn through June 29.

All images © the artists, courtesy of CARVALHO PARK

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