Nature could be considered the world’s most powerful and influential muses to an artist.
With the earth holding an unlimited amount of resources, environmental artist are searching and creating new ways to define our relationship with nature. Using materials ranging from the raw, the found, to the discarded, environmental art can be evocative, provocative, or used to communicate a message.
Bavarian artist Nils-Udo has been working directly with nature for more than three decades. His lyrical pieces, or what he calls “potential utopias”, fuses together life, nature, and art as one. By opening his self up to nature his says, “I elevated the natural space to a work of art, henceforth my pictures were no longer painted, but planted, watered, mowed, or fenced.” Udo art work is clearly thought out. Using space, lighting, and local found materials ranging from-sticks, leaves, to the movement of water.
Andy Goldsworthy characterizes his art in this way: “Movement, change, light, growth, and decay are the life-blood of nature, the energies that I try to tap through my work.” The innovative British artist uses an endless range of materials including ice, feathers, petals twigs to produce uniquely personal and intense artworks. By creating fleeting works of art, Goldsworthy photographs his works before as and they disappear.
Chris Jordan combines photography and digital tools to serve the message of what he calls “slow-motion apocalypse” inflicted on the planet by the unbridled consumerism of a disposable society. The American consumer culture has been a long-standing problem and Jordan uses his current series, “An American Self-Portrait” to convey our wrongs.
This beauty works of art truly inspiring. I love the act of creating what seems like nothing into something extraordinary and these artist do just that. Using resources that are abundantly available is a wonderful way to create without causing waste. I hope that ingenuity of these artist inspire others to the same and build more art with he earth.