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An exhibition of organic abstract oil paintings, The Nature of Being posits that nature is our best teacher. Examining the ways we are intrinsically made of and part of nature, Victoria Boardman presents a meditation on what ecology and natural order can teach us about being more human. Using the shapes, rhythms, patterns, and colors of nature, these new works explore questions of existence, belief, personal philosophy, time, and the layered narrative of consciousness we maintain throughout a lifespan.
Particularly focused on plant growth and development, these paintings investigate who we are when we are most ourselves, how we live in significant moments of experience, and what it is to be present and alive as a human animal in a world often at odds with nature. In addition to fostering a sense of personal self-awareness through a visceral, instinctive response to natural imagery, this series aims to promote a reciprocal love and intimate understanding of nature, wherever we may find it, and to cultivate a drive to protect and nurture the natural world, as it protects and nurtures us.
About the Artist Victoria Boardman is an artist, writer, and photographer living and working in the Bronx, New York. After growing up steps from the ocean in Rumson, New Jersey, she is inspired by nature in everything she does. Obsessed with color and music, she creates art especially influenced by American Modernism, reflecting core values of feminism, environmentalism, egalitarianism, and universal compassion toward people and animals.
She holds two Master’s degrees from the Pratt Institute in Painting and Art History and a Bachelor’s degree from Trinity College, Hartford, CT in Painting with a minor in Literature and Psychology. The Nature of Being is her first solo exhibition in New York.