Amy Stein - Domesticated (2008)
“Within these scenes I explore our paradoxical relationship with the wild and how our conflicting impulses continue to evolve and alter the behavior of both humans and animals. We at once seek connection with the mystery and freedom of the natural world, yet we continually strive to tame the wild around us and compulsively control the wild within our own nature. Within my work I examine the primal issues of comfort and fear, dependence and determination, submission and dominance that play out in the physical and psychological encounters between man and the natural world. Increasingly, these encounters take place within the artificial ecotones we have constructed that act as both passage and barrier between domestic space and the wild.”
The awe that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield beamed back from space was real. The fame that he racked up while orbiting Earth was just an idea that he didn’t fully understand until shortly after he landed in Kazakhstan earlier this week.
He is adapting to it slowly, just as his body is adapting once again to gravity The transition has left that the 53-year-old astronaut feeling like an elderly man as he is subjected to medical tests and a rehabilitation program to conquer his dizziness, poor circulation and weakened bones and muscles.
“My body was quite happy living in space without gravity. It’s a very empowering environment where you can touch the wall and do summersaults, where you can move a refrigerator around with your fingertips and never worry about which way was up,” he said. “All that suddenly changed when our Soyuz slammed back into earth, and my body is catching up with the change.”
Dr. Raffi Kuyumjian, the Canadian Space Agency’s chief medical officer, said Hadfield’s aches and pains prove that spaceflight is a great aging simulator — for every month in space, astronauts lose 1 per cent of their bone density.
For now, he said, Hadfield shuffles when he walks, has soreness in his back and neck after being weightless for five months, and is experiencing dizziness that makes it difficult navigating corners and means he is often bumping into walls as he waddles through NASA’s hallways.
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The Maijishan Grottoes are a series of 194 caves cut in the side of the hill of Majishan in Tianshui, Gansu Province, northwest China. This example of rock cut architecture contains over 7,200 Buddhist sculptures and over 1,000 square meters of murals. Construction began in the Later Qin era (384-417 CE).