My work explores humankind’s ever-changing relationship to nature and technology.
It claims that the purpose of sentient life is to enable us to become its own god or gods - as is evidenced in the birth of AI and nanotechnology. Human innovation creates a warped mirror, reflecting our man-made nature and creating an uncanny reality. As technology continues to evolve, humanity will transform to the ultimate form of nature — god itself — and become a construct of an eternal, endless form of vibration, energy and information capable of infinite possibilities.
The work harks back to art historical traditions of the human form but updates it by exploring the ways technology impacts the human body and our perception of it. Greco-Roman art used science to create perfect forms and followed immutable laws of beauty in order to tell the stories of the heavens. Byzantines created symbolic mosaics of expressionless angelic beings. A new language is constructed by the use of repetition of symbolic forms, androgynous beings, and exaggerated forms. It suggests themes of myth making, alternate realities and a new religion of science, which I dub as Neo-naturalism.
Utilizing organic matter, such as found wood, preserved moss, mud, stone, and flowers, and diverse, synthetic materials, the work calls attention to the fragility of the environment and contemporary issues of climate change. By combining innovative 3D sculpting methods with traditional techniques it constructs a universe complete with its own lessons, fables, and characters. The mediums and techniques are as unlimited and expansive as reality itself with the ultimate goal of expanding the practice to produce immersive experiences involving video, mixed media sculpture and sound.
As a mixed media sculptor, Garret strives to capture the fragility and beauty of human nature. But it is his ethos that in today’s world, drawing attention to a problem is not enough. The art itself should aim to fix it. That’s why 10% of all profits from the sale of work is donated to the Environmental Defense Fund. www.edf.org