Anatomy of Nature
Anatomy \ə-ˈna-tə-mē\ (noun):
1. a branch of morphology that deals with the structure of organisms
2. the art of separating the parts of an organism in order to ascertain their position, relations, structure, and function
The human body has been studied, written about, and observed for centuries; the same can be said about the natural environments we occupy. Both nature and the human body demonstrate similarities in shape, and to some extent, physical make up. However, on a day-to-day basis, one might forget how we relate to the natural world; poets, musicians, and artisans have utilized mankind as rhetorical and visual inspiration.
Anatomy of Nature aims to challenge the viewer when observing the human body, and allow the viewer to recognize that these shapes and forms are seen frequently in various landscapes. Providing literal images of nature and abstracted images of the body creates a comparative analysis of how we are individually comprised, and on a greater scale, how our features compare to the natural forms of Earth.
Water in its liquid form is a malleable medium. From the ways the surface of water can change to the way raindrops run down a car window, water is constantly influenced by other variables. I hope to capture a feeling of continuous movement even when the subject is static. The images classify realistic and abstract landscapes that can be identified by association. The inspiration for my work is based on two definitions of “flow”. The first comes from Webster’s Dictionary, and describes flow as, “something that is continuously moving”; the second comes from Hungarian psychologist, Mikhail Csikszentmihalyi, who believes “flow” is characterized by a loss of self-consciousness within a certain moment. I too traveled into the mental state of flow while observing the water amid different conditions in hope that the images would embody the literal and psychological definitions of “flow”.