Sometimes nature is simply hallucinagenic. Quite possibly the most noted artist for the creation of abstraction can be seen with the signature of Nature. Abstract art attempts to convey a thought or an idea using shapes, colors and textures instead of trying to accurately mimic visual reality. The ability to refine visual reality to simple shapes and color is a true gift.
This morning I thought more about accepting abstraction. I find it so interesting that when a human artist creates an abstract piece the reaction by so many people is negative. They instantly believe that if they don’t understand the art, it isn’t good. Understanding abstract art does not come naturally for everyone. It is the kind of art that makes some people scratch their heads and say, my 5-year old could do that better.
Abstract art makes people uneasy because they don’t know what the art is about. The assumption is that because it doesn’t look like anything, it is not “about” anything. Abstract art doesn’t contain recognizeable objects, so there is nothing to grasp or hold onto. This can be very confusing, even threatening, to some who can’t assign their own meaning to what they see.
All of this changes when the artist is nature and not a human. Suddenly it is recognized as beautiful when a human isn’t involved in the creation. In fact abstraction created by nature is one of the few subjects we all share no matter where we live, what language we speak or what religion we possess,
When nature creates the abstraction the mental journey may be remembered for a lifetime even though the experience may have only lasted mere seconds. It is enough to generate and strong sense of calm and harmony with our own existence. When nature is the artist we don’t judge and instead the art makes us feel like we belong. What would have not been understood if a human created it, is suddenly simple and understood without any complex thought.
Swirling shapes, an array of colorful patterns… The path of a flowing glacial water from the glaciers in Iceland rushing towards the ocean cutting through the earth .. simply breathtaking
Nature itself is pure energy and can be truly hallucinogenic and create a true cosmic journey.
The truth is, abstract art is not “about nothing”. At its basis, it is about form, color, line, texture, pattern, composition and process.
I would love to hear more thoughts on why natural abstraction is embraced but abstraction by artists is rejected.
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