The concept of mimesis provides a fascinating context from which to examine the relationship between nature and art. Nature–that which is found in the natural world–is inextricably related to art (artifice)–that which is artificial or man-made–in that art is certainly an imitation, or reproduction, of the external, natural world. Today, man’s connection to the natural world, and how society approaches that relationship, is definitely an important topic, especially when considering the concept of the anthropocene, as we did last week. So, to examine this relationship between the natural world and what is man-made through a discussion of artwork is particularly interesting and valuable. The first image we saw was one that was very different from the rest–street art of a man doing graffiti. Initially, I primarily thought about how cool the art looked to me and how clever such an idea was, but then I thought beyond this about how a work of art does not usually allow you to see the process of how it came to be. That is, you do not often witness someone doing graffiti on a wall, yet this work of art allowed the viewer to “see” the process, or at least imagine it. This consideration thus provided a good context for the rest of the lecture as we discussed the process–which seemed to me to practically be a science–that many artists have used to imitate reality in their artwork. In other words, mimesis seems to be a sort of scientific process. From this, I ultimately came to think about how science works to connect nature and art, with regard to art in the sense of artwork, as well as beyond that.