What do single moms, stay-at-home dads, professionals who happen to be women, men who like to dress colorfully, infertile people, and homosexuals have in common? They’re often viewed by society as sad, bad, and even a little suspicious.
Those judgments all stem originally from one idea: that females are naturally passive and more caring, and males are naturally aggressive and more intelligent. It’s an idea that is deeply embedded in our social system and dictates much of our behavior. It’s also an idea that has nothing to do with what is actually going on in nature.
Crime Against Nature, both as a book and as a series of paintings, exposes the true diversity of natural behaviors.
The print version is available for $30. This price includes shipping within the United States, but, if you would like the book to be sent elsewhere, please email me for details.
You can read the digital version for FREE here by clicking on the large cover image at the top of this page, or you can see the complete e-book on Facebook in the form of this photo album. There’s also a downloadable PDF version of the book available for $6.
This poster is another presentation of Crime Against Nature. It combines an image of the work with the text from the book to create a punchy little meme that sums up the point of the project: that we don’t know as much about what is actually natural as we think we do!
“The issues at play here are hefty and potentially uncomfortable, but the book itself is light, playful, and pleasantly un-preachy.”
“The glimpses that Seemel has illustrated of the real wildness of the natural world are fascinating.”
“Seemel’s book covers it all and reminds us that if you’re inclined to look to nature for answers regarding what is ‘normal,’ ‘natural,’ or even ‘moral,’ it’s clear that nature passes no judgement.”
“It’s beautiful and weird and quirky and is guaranteed to spark conversation. ...When I got my print version of the book I also knew it belonged on the coffee table as much as in the classroom.”
To find out more about the making of Crime Against Nature, visit this section of my blog. There, you’ll find articles as well as videos like this one.