01.    PhEST 2023 /
Visual   Identity




“To what extent is our collective intelligence also a part of Gaia? Do we as a species constitute a Gaian nervous system and a brain which can consciously anticipate environmental change?”

James Lovelock, Gaia

When was the last time you touched a flower?

Today, it appears that man is growing increasingly isolated, lost, and dragged by events. We appear to have forgotten what we truly are: a collection of cells, viruses, and bacteria. Man is nature, or the symbiotic relationship between infinitesimal living beings that automatically integrates us into a global brain: Gaia.

The illustrations seek to challenge the anthropocentric perspective of the universe by depicting man as part of a complex and interconnected system. Furthermore, they wish to redefine the role of man within nature, recognising him as one of nature’s many sentient elements. Only in this way will it be possible to face the challenges of the present while looking ahead. Multiple overlapping layers of oil pastels represent the importance of matter as the generator of everything, of molecules combining in every element of life capable of binding us inevitably, through the rules of physics, to the universe, the limitless, and the unknown.