Human Nature

Carleton University Art Gallery 1125 Colonel By, Ottawa
Carleton University Art Gallery 1125 Colonel By, Ottawa

Soheila Esfahani, Wish on Water (2014), 120 glazed porcelain bowls, water, dimensions variable.

Photo: Danny Custodio

Human Nature presents the work of 14 contemporary Ontario artists who look at the state of the natural world and our impact on it as innovators and exploiters, creators and destroyers. Exploring a range of such critical issues as food production, habitat loss, post-industrialization, and natural disaster, Human Nature is by turns humorous and hopeful, utopian and dystopian. The works investigate the history and consequences of colonization, consider decaying infrastructure, find new uses for industrial waste, propose sci-fi alternatives to everyday life, and even encourage the sharing of food and stories. Taken together, the works of these artists reflect on the complex interconnection of nature, culture, and technology.

Occupying CARLETON UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY’s entire space, Human Nature is an ambitious project that includes installations, video, sculpture, painting, and outdoor sculpture and performance by some of Ontario’s most provocative artists.


  • Artists Mary Anne Barkhouse
    Panya Clark Espinal
    John Dickson
    Soheila Esfahani
    Martin Golland
    Sherri Hay
    Kelly Jazvac
    Gareth Lichty
    Gavin Lynch
    Lisa Myers
    David Ruben Piqtoukun
    Su Rynard
  • Curated by Corinna Ghaznavi

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