In 1938, Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss finished building his mountain getaway, ‘Tvergastein’, following 62 trips up the mountainside carrying building materials on packhorses. Situated at an altitude of 1500m, on the southeastern slope of the mountain Hallingskarvet, he accumulated years of time there, in isolation, pondering.

In 1973, he developed Deep Ecology, the ground-breaking philosophy which considers all matters through an environmental prism first. Næss was alarmed then, and today it is exponentially more difficult to refute his conclusions.

Long inspired by Deep Ecology, I summarise its intent in these works thus: we are not separate from nature. Our follies stem from imagining that we are. I conflate the figure with landscape, the natural, and products of industry so as to say: it is all the same. We are of nature, and so is our every act. If we must consider ourselves divine (for this seems hardwired), then we must return to worshipping nature itself. Consider these to be avatars of a sort, exemplars standing in for me while I strive for Naess-hood.

Installation photos by: Simon Strong

the Unthinker by Juan Ford

the Unthinker  2023

oil on linen

180 x 150 cm

The Watcher by Juan Ford

The Watcher  2023

oil on linen

90 x 75 cm

Dissembler by Juan Ford

Dissembler  2023

oil on linen

180 x 150 cm

Astrophage by Juan Ford

Astrophage  2023

oil on linen

90 x 75 cm

The Hermit by Juan Ford

The Hermit  2023

oil on linen

180 x 150 cm

One Thousand Suns by Juan Ford

One Thousand Suns  2023

oil on linen

240 x 120 cm

install 1 by Juan Ford

install 1  2021

install 2 by Juan Ford

install 2  2023

install 3 by Juan Ford

install 3  2023

install 4 by Juan Ford

install 4  2023

install 5 by Juan Ford

install 5  2023

install 6 by Juan Ford

install 6  2023

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