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Trūdi – Viktorija Bernotaitė

Trūdi (“Decay” in Latvian) is inspired by the Latvian cultural connection to forests and the lack of sustainable forest management, focusing on the importance of decay in the natural world and the beauty of it.

The beauty of nature comes from its independence, the ability to show that the world holds things other than us, which are as interesting and important as we are. Nature has always been able to take care of herself as well as others. However, now we are trapped in this cultural idea that we have to fix everything, that a healthy forest is tidy and with green trees only. Unfortunately, deadwood and forest litter are not up to our beauty standards, but decay in the natural world is the key aspect of the cyclical processes that maintain all life on earth.

I am a Lithuanian artist based in the UK, exploring human-nature relationships through photography. My interest in nature, especially trees, emerges from my childhood experiences and they are a regular motif in my work. /

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