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The Utilitas series explores the relationship of human beings within nature. The term Utilitas (usefulness in Latin) refers to the act of making nature a commodity. Although members of the animal kingdom, we constantly quest to deny this fact and separate ourselves from nature. This series of images examines and comments on the socio-political and cultural constructs developed to create the illusion of dominance or ownership over nature and our environment – ranging from scientific classification and exploration to rituals of ownership through naming, from religious division to revised evolution through man-made (un-natural) selection.
This artwork features the schematic of the "Brookes", a British slave ship. This references the idea of false ownership and life as a commodity.
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Utilitas (peregrinatio) Drawing

benjamin parker

United Kingdom

Drawing, Ink on Paper

Size: 27.6 W x 13.8 H x 0 D in

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The Utilitas series explores the relationship of human beings within nature. The term Utilitas (usefulness in Latin) refers to the act of making nature a commodity. Although members of the animal kingdom, we constantly quest to deny this fact and separate ourselves from nature. This series of images examines and comments on the socio-political and cultural constructs developed to create the illusion of dominance or ownership over nature and our environment – ranging from scientific classification and exploration to rituals of ownership through naming, from religious division to revised evolution through man-made (un-natural) selection. This artwork features the schematic of the "Brookes", a British slave ship. This references the idea of false ownership and life as a commodity.

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Drawing:Ink on Paper

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Size:27.6 W x 13.8 H x 0 D in

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I am an artist specializing in painting, etching and drawing. My works reflect on the struggle between the need to distance ourselves from our animalistic, primitive nature (or dominate it), and the inherent desire for contact with it.

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