Cait Finley

I am an artist, outdoor enthusiast, and survivalist who recently realized that “Nature” is not real. It is instead, a series of socially constructed ideas around things that are non-human. “Nature” then is a social construct, aiding in the categorization of an “other” not only one that doesn’t exist outside of ourselves, but that is idealized and romanticized. I believe this romanticization, intended to preserve and protect ecosystems is dated, nostalgic, and destructive to life in the Anthropocene. Through my sculpture, painting, video, research, and writing I am coming to terms with my personal loss of romantic, idyllic nature and attempting to separate the constructed ideal of “nature” from our contemporary ecosystems (planet). I’m looking for some new language to incite a turn; I think the conversation between weird objects is vital.