Image series: Biospheres

Artist: Avawari
Technique: Acrylic on wood

This image series shows artificial biospherea; fictional catastrophes demanded their construction.

The song “Naked Swamps” (2010), is the source of this series of images and thus a part of it. Soon the first image followed, the air-biosphere, and I began developping the concept of naked swamps. The sounds interpret some croaking of frogs and buzzing insects, sounds that are common in swamps.


The quest for originality

Since man is a selfish creature, and as a collective has little awareness of the organism earth, more and more natural habitats are destroyed (i.e. by extension of cities, huge infrastructure projects such as dams, etc..) destroyed more natural habitats. One day the air in many populated areas will be polluted to such an extent, that the only way to get some good air will be a stay in an artificial biosphere. These could be totally customized worlds for people, almost perfect. And what are we going to miss? The smell of a barely touched forest, the taste of pure water, healthy fish from the sea, or simply to breathe clean air. Even as of today, these cannot be taken for granted. In the end, and that’s for sure, we will wish for a little piece of land, which mankind has not affected, at least not a lot. In the end, one wishes never to have changed the environment all that radical. The quest for nativeness, the quest for the original state of our environment, be commissioned.


“Air biosphere”, acrylic on wood, 70 x 50 cm, 2011

A biosphere in the city, where you must pay admission to be able to breathe clean air.


“Water biosphere”, acrylic on wood, 70 x 50 cm, 2011

A biosphere under water with air filters towards the surface, the energy required is generated by hydropower. The earth is uninhabitable because interacting extreme conditions sweep across the land.


“Deep sea biosphere”, acrylic on wood, 70 x 50 cm, 2011

Biospheres at very low alitudes, close to the seabed. It facilitates exploration of possible new energy sources, without excessive exploitation. Tectonically active regions on the seabad could be hazardous.


“Wind biosphere”, acrylic on wood, 60 x 80 cm, 2011

It is built on mountain slopes and powered by wind energy.


“Solar biosphere”, acrylic on wood, 70 x 50 cm, 2011

“Geothermal biosphere”, acrylic on wood, 70 x 50 cm, 2011

These biospheres serve as a protection against external influences, as the earth’s surface has become a hostile environment. During the day it is too hot (solar energy), during the night too cold (geothermal).


Clarexis (Avawari and Clara Frühwirth) “Space biosphere”, acrylic on wood, 120 x 80 cm, 2011

A self-sustainable spaceship-like biosphere in outer space.


“Egg biosphere”, acrylic on wood, 50 x 70 cm, 2012

What was first: chicken or egg?


“Desert biosphere”, acrylic on wood, 70 x 50 cm, 2012

Driven by two elements sun and wind.


“Ice-biosphere”, acrylic on wood, 70 x 50 cm, 2013
Photographed by Martin Croce, (2013)