Feral Kingdom uses two different styles of collage to explore human relationships with the natural world. Bergen and Heloise both use hand cut, brightly colored artists papers and recycled materials to amass dense, layered collages that reflect their backgrounds as painters. The whimsical paint-by-number quality of their collages gives a sense of idealized, playful landscapes that upon closer inspection reveal a darker message. Both artists are reacting to their fears of global warming and overwhelming loss of habitats and wildlife as a result of human consumption and waste. Both use fantasy, humor and metaphor around these issues to help process the tragedy of what is happening and question on their own culpability.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.