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“Lost Effect Cause Found” explores the role of manmade environments in a world with rapidly changing weather and landscapes. The work is driven by questions such as, “Do manmade landscapes and the conservation of natural environments work against each other as solutions to changing climates?” and “What options are available for maintaining beautiful landscapes and growing enough food as we race against the clock?”
These questions were inspired by two sources of information. First, a National Geographic article titled, “This Tiny Country Feeds the World”, which discusses how the Netherlands has become an agricultural giant through the use of large scale climate controlled farming and technology. This type of farming, despite using sustainable practices, appears to be in conflict with the think local, eat slow, small farms ideology, leaving one perplexed about the best way forward. The second source of information is the Garden By The Bay in Singapore. This magical garden, although joyous and wonderful, poses the question, “Do manmade landscapes that inspire awe and beauty make it more difficult to preserve our natural landscapes?” The complexity of our relationship to the natural world, and the unknowable effects of our actions, inspired this work.
The intent of the artwork is to evoke a sense of awe and exploration similarly to manmade parks and farms, but also to inspire inquiry and reflection. The paintings are meant to feel familiar, but they do not reflect specific places in our world; rather, they explore ideologies and emotions evoked by certain kinds of places.
Marine Tempels is a Belgian-American artist living in Chicago, IL. Marine believes art is a powerful tool for learning and healing, and approaches painting as a meditative practice to explore ideas and questions. Her most recent body of work, Lost Effect Cause Found, explores the role of manmade environments in a world with rapidly changing weather and landscapes. Marine’s paintings feel familiar, but do not portray specific places. Rather, they explore ideologies and emotions evoked by certain kinds of places.