Dutch artist Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky’s digital photo series, “Die Dritte Natur” intrigues not only by it’s discussion of modern man’s percieved relationship with nature, but also by the way it (quite literally) frames the argument.
Each of the images that makes up “Die Dritte Natur” contain an awkward lump of digitally added flora. These additions to the image seem so out of place and oddly shapen that they immediately seem to exist more as a screen to cover up something else that was originally present in the picture. It is easy to take a leap of faith and determine that since the chosen eraser is defined by it’s naturalness, that the thing it is blotting out is defined by it’s lack of naturalness. Kovacovsky appears to be removing the presence of human intervention from these images.
What is most interesting however is that she chooses to not make this gesture a light handed one. She is not attempting to alter these images secretely. The artifice present in these pieces is meant to be immediately recognizable. This is achieved not only by constructing her natural “erasers” out of graphic pieces that do not mesh with there surroundings, but also by making the choice to leave the computer screen windows from the photo editing software present to frame the work.
Upon first viewing, it seems that Kovacovsky is stating that man should remove it’s mark on nature by refraining from physically altering it. However, the deeper meaning in these works seems to question the vaery validity of our definition of “natural”. By taking part in the act of defining what is and is not “nature”, man is already acting upon it . Simply by giving it this qualification, Kovacovsky seems to say that we are removing the inherint state of nature away from it.