Personally, I prefer poetry to painting. I find great strength in the written and spoken word, so last week’s lecture attempted to challenge my assumptions surrounding poetry versus painting. At times throughout the lecture, I struggled to connect the topic of Mimesis and Renaissance art into the Human/Nature lens. Perhaps, however, this is because of my rather specific view of human and nature. One of the more enlightening moments for me was during the discussion post-lecture in which the connection between science and art was brought up. In this the phrase “nothing in a vacuum” came up, spurring a rabbit hole of thoughts for me. This sense of interconnectedness drew me back to poetry. I found myself connecting the two, realizing that they too do not exist in a vacuum. Perhaps the written word imitation of poetry supports the visual imitation of painting, and by combining the two, intricacies of human and nature can evolve. To truly stir the concept of human/nature thoroughly, it is vital to develop a critical consciousness, and through the interactions of poetry and painting this very concept can grow. Art is imitation, no matter the form. It is human’s attempt to imitate the nature of the soul, the body, the mind, and the eternal being. It is an imitation of the “slash” we are so captivated by.