Image taken Lake Mayer
Engaging art inspired by nature needs no previous understanding or training in artistic complexity. For nature holds the complex and basic qualities that art attempts to replicate. My current work is inspired by the organic the ability of forms in nature to regenerate, to expand, and revive themselves even in restricted environments. I believe Savannah is in is a renaissance of sorts, many are choosing to locate here and to stay poets, writers, artists, and musicians are relocating to the region and choosing to remain. In the need to thrive artists must engage a public with limited awareness of artistic worth or value.
Images of Mushrooms
When I moved to Savannah more than twenty years ago, I questioned the lack of museums and entertainment. I figured it was because Savannah was an outdoor town, as southern locations tended to be agricultural with a long growing season. Later I learned the effects of an economy deeply affected the culture of the region. Those effects result in limited educational exposure (especially to the arts), limited access to cultural institutions, and those with promise moving on to greener pastures. Access to the arts is a privilege reserved for those who are able to comprehend its purpose and message. A low economic status can be evident in available extracurricular activity, culture, education and the arts. Artists functioning as ambassadors to the culture may feel pressured to produce work that is easily digested and functional within the society.
Photograph Savannah City Hall
The beauty of Savannah is worth staying for attractiveness abounds. The warm climate lends itself to tropical flora and fauna. The flat landscape enables expansively layered vantage points throughout the city. The weather and storm patterns leave incredible cloud formations. The lack of tall buildings results in unencumbered vantage points for landscape painters; it is common to see someone snapping a picture of an incredible sunset. A beach is close, marshes abound, organic matter from magnolia to mushrooms abundant, and incredible wildlife especially birds flourish.
Being a part of nature is a gift it enables us to refuel and refresh. Of course, nature is a part of our creator’s intent. As simple as drinking water and eating foods that are as close to the origins of nature prove the connection to be healing.
Through my experiences with people I have came across more than a few panicked individuals believing their creative prosperity limited as idea generation is invaluable in the creative fields. The solution is to use nature as an unlimited resource. Artists since antiquity have relied on nature in virtually religious correspondence. The establishment of the Art Nouveau Movement based itself on the premise that nature was a prime resource. Nature’s organizations and functions still inspire artists of influence to this day.
In my next post, with these thoughts in mind I will be looking deeper into art works inspired by nature.