Random notes on art and nature



But art also helps us ‘see’ nature differently. It makes us more sensitive, it refines our taste. We do not need to go too far to see this at work: the recent River of Stones month brought forth some gems of observation and interpretation, art that made us look at familiar things anew. Similarly, when we set aside time to visit a museum and look at paintings, that time could lead to insights we can bring back into our view of nature, of day-to-day life. This intention may exist, but how much does it affect our relationship with nature? If our constant immersion in the materialistic, consumption-driven culture acts as an obstacle to a deeper relationship with nature, such intermittent exposure to art only creates small holes in this large edifice we’ve surrounded ourselves with – it is, in other words, important but not enough. We need to learn to connect more with nature, yes. Further, while indulging more in artistic creation, shouldn’t we also talk less about it?

5 thoughts on “Random notes on art and nature

  1. “why do we spend so much time and energy in the discourse of art – representations of nature through paintings, sculpture, photography – and so little on the beauty of nature itself?” Exactly!

  2. I don’t know. I’ve been asking some of these questions for a long time, but don’t feel any closer to resolving them. I haven’t even resolved the question of whether to lose the moment in favor of preserving it in photo or video, or leave the cameras at home sometimes and risk missing an opportunity to share something great with blog readers — and thereby, maybe, increase appreciation for the natural world just a little. One of my recent videopoems, “The Aftermath,” kind of dealt with that question.

  3. Nature couldn’t have found a better evangelist than you, Dave. What gives your work more power is that you do it out of love, and not some sort of duty or mission. So in your case it is perhaps better that this photography/video question remains unresolved!

  4. Yes! Yes! Yes!….Thanks Parmanu for putting it across so well…the same thing which i have been trying to tell others so unsuccessfully. I think people have moved so far away from nature now that its difficult to get them back. Here i have stopped telling people my experiences with nature coz i fear that if more people go….they will end up destroying whatever little is left of it.

    1. >> fear that if more people go….they will end up destroying whatever little is left of it.

      That is the worst-case scenario. Perhaps there is a more hopeful alternative?

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