A Wondrous Soul
Having a deep connection to the natural world has always been at the forefront of my art practice. For as long as I can remember, absorbing myself in the outdoors or a natural event such as a sunset has filled me with a sense of wonder and awe. I worry that as technology becomes more addictive and our daily lives more urbanised that we may forget how to connect deeply with our world. I feel this could detach ourselves from the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of the grounding and positive effects that increase our scene of happiness, health and responsibility to our nature world.
In this collection of work I explore my connect to nature through moments of awe and wonder. Unpacking the mental and physical aspects of being present and connected to nature. Realising the process that I subconsciously go through when I allow myself to be fully immersed in the natural world. With each artwork I strive to follow the same gentle, beautiful call of nature to connect you with the natural world.
I believe that the more people deeply connect with the natural world the more that they will feel responsible and take on a caring role towards it. Our world needs healers, healers of the environment and our spirit. Plant more trees, find happiness in beauty and nature not stuff that will just choke our overflowing landfill.
Leading up to this exhibition I have been fascinated with two things. Shirin Yoku (Forest Bathing) and how the experience of wonder can connect us. Shirin Yoku is the Japanese practice of immersing all your senses into being in nature, more specifically . Walking through being totally conscience of the smells, sounds, tastes, touch and sites. Breathing in the forests, slowing yourself to its pace. Not just being in the forest but connecting with the forest with your entire being!