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Bayla Arietta

No Gods but Nature: Nocturnal

Religions have long categorized animals into omens, signs, and symbols of divine will, and today many continue to regress to mysticism, saints, and deities in order to address the great unexplained mysteries or personal fears. In his 1811 essay The Necessity of Atheism, Shelley states “If ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, knowledge of nature is made for their destruction”. Inspired by religious iconography and the gilded haloed figures of Byzantine art, these nocturnal saints illustrate the clash between science and superstition in regards to how the natural world is interpreted and appreciated.

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