NICHOLAS DI GENOVA
Born in 1981 in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, Nicholas Di Genova graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in 2005 and currently lives and works in Toronto. He has been featured in reviews in Artforum, Juxtapoz, Canadian Art Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and The New York Times. Di Genova has been represented by international galleries and his works can be found in both private and institutional collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and international institutions in New York, Singapore, London and Berlin.
Drawing on ideas of environmentalism and sustainability, my book explores the motif of the Green Man, a representation of a humanoid face made up of various foliage and vegetation, often seen adorning the exteriors of buildings in western architecture. While the motif has largely fallen out of use, now, in a time of rising temperatures and ever worsening tropical storms, it is time for a return of the Green Man to remind us as a species of our reliance on and union with nature, and how closely the fate of our planet and our own fates are linked.