Return to Zero

Tianyu Wei


This series explores the division I see of the natural environment and the factors of human impact on it. Humans are an outcome of nature and have developed the power to manipulate it. There is a unity of opposites between mankind and the living world; they are interdependent and coordinated. When this balance is disrupted, the consequences for both sides will be devastating. In these images, a trash can is crushed by snow and branches gradually consume furniture that has been set aside for storage; a vehicle has thrown a deer into the sidewalk and snow is polluted by garbage. These excessive elements of human interference put pressure on nature which is suffocating. The only thing people can do from this day onwards is to protect the natural world which may finally lead to harmony.

As the Department of Art and Art History’s 2022 BFA class’ time at UConn draws to a close, we look back fondly on the time we spent together and the memories we made along the way. Although we now look forward to our creative futures, we wish to say thank you and farewell to our devoted professors and advisors who’ve worked alongside us throughout these transformative years.