(A VISUALLY ORIENTED PERSON’S STATEMENT OF INTENTION)
[Nature is an abundantly clear concept for it surrounds us in one form or another with every “step we take. In today’s world nature is often of the man made varity, from the freeways we drive upon o the malls we stroll about in and tothe TV screens we stare at. The word is increasingly becoming the handcraft of humanoids. We even journey off with the click of afew keys into the totally manufactured world of cyber space. The “made by man” brand appears tobe an unstoppable franchise which will, in the foreseeable future, blanket every comer, nook and valley of this fair planet with a huge plethora of products, by produets, constructions and reconfigurations of the terrain and fauna.
More commonly, nature as in “mother nature”, refers to the more natural world created through ‘eons of time by geological and evolutionary forces. If a providential God was the creator ofthis splendiferous variety of forms and shapes, he was indeed the most talented and ultimate artist who
ever was or who will ever be.
If man creates with technology, how does mother nature or God, if you prefer, produce it’s infinitely more complex line of creations ? These creations seem effortlessly to fill our world in those spaces still left untouched by man. For example nature co ~exists with man’s ereations as in the ubiquitous landscaped parking lot or in the common potted plant on the window sill. Geologists, biologists and other scientists can explain some of the ways that nature creates it” but not all. Much. remains a mystery. Nature is ultimately beyond the complete comprehension and domination of mankind. Nature creates as nature will.
‘Still, some of nature’s creative tools seem to be available and understandable for use of an artistic, kind. For instance, gravity does not pull in every direction but with just one direction and with an ‘even tug at that. The process of evaporation is universal with ever concentric rings vanishing down to a point of total dryness. Wind blows across the planet sculpting by subtraction here and addition there. Fluids flow together mixing themselves in mysterious ways, dropping their sediments as they
‘will. Might not a humble artist adopt some of the above basic geological tools to create crude -verisimilitudes of mother nature’s superior products on a finite two dimensional plane?
‘And hopefully would not such artistic creations underline the stark dichotomy between the man ‘made world and the vast expanse that has existed for millenniums after us?
By John Detweiler