The pandemic has given forests a new lustre in our newly-confined worlds. The lush green openness a balm to our Corona-weary minds.
“When your eyes are tired from the monitor, look out to the big green tree to rest your eye” – a trope, a stereotype revived to reinvigorate us in these pandemic times.
As we flock to the wide embrace of nature it beggars the question as to how our understanding and relationship with forests are built so unilaterally. The divorce brought about by modernity between man and nature is such that we only ever look across the divide through the lens of science, consumption, recreation, etc.
The forest no longer a site of communion, but an only-for-human space for extraction and pursuit.