I am drawn to Laib's work because he uses natural elements which are associated with nourishment and the life cycle; the ephemeral and eternal. He is interested in allowing people the experience of specific items like pollen, beeswax, stones, and rice. The large quantities that he gathers have distinct colors which you are immersed via the use of massive scaled installations and sculptural arrangements. These materials also have scents with which you may have only had the faintest interaction . He hopes that this will spark the question of how much a person interacts with the natural world and if they'd like a stronger connection.
herman de vries utilizes natural collection, photography, poetry, drawing and videos to address issues of culture and nature. He lives independently from society, though he does interact through the art world. He randomly orders foliage and other flora, calling attention to both the oneness and diversity in nature. He feels that the cities are a secondary reality, and he'd rather align himself with the first - nature.