Nicholas Delap BA (Hons) Fine Art 2020
My artistic practice responds to Post-Human themes of Wilderness, Folklore and the Forest, expressed through the mediums of Video art, 3D rendering and installation. I am intrigued to explore the folk beliefs around trees and plants and capture the fantastical quality of the wilderness. Displayed to audiences within the gallery space in forms of immersive video, VR and AR installations, these themes seek to undermine the traditional boundaries between the Human, The Natural and the Technological, in order to facilitate a re-wilding of the mind and the landscape.
Epiphyte, May 2020, VR installation
‘Epiphyte’ is a virtual reality installation, presenting a hyper-real mediation of the wilderness. Unlike a Parasite, an Epiphyte is an organism that grows on the surface of a plant and derives its moisture and nutrients from the air, rain, water or from debris accumulating around it. Epiphytes take part in nutrient cycles and add to both the diversity and biomass of the ecosystem in which they occur. This gentle relationship harks to how we as people should become ‘Epiphytes’ of the natural world and form more of a symbiotic relationship with the wild, in harmony with it as opposed to the parasitic means in which we source our energies from nature at the present.
The work can be accessed here - www.ndelap.com where it can be downloaded and viewed on PC/Mac.