The Intrepid Garden

“The Intrepid Garden” is a collaborative installation and exhibition (with Jodi Stuart) that investigates gardens of the past, present and future. As the cultivated space between the untamed woods and the domestic realm, gardens of the past were spaces of mediation. As nature bore its incredible force, the garden could be transformed from a peaceful haven to an inhospitable wilderness.  With the advent of unimaginable technological and cultural shifts, the future garden will inevitably be a fierce battle site between the natural and the artificial. The techno-toxic sublime of molecular manipulation and the insidious threat of the super synthetic present a formidable opponent to the once invincible natural world. Stuart and Mattai enact this struggle by creating visual collisions of intense colors, pattern, and texture, and by exploring the relationship of the hand-made and the digitally produced.