I came across the term Biomimicry years ago and still remember the impact it had on me. The concept was introduced to me by Biologist Janine Benyus via the film 'An Inconvenient Truth'.
I was captivated by the intelligence, ingenuity and elegance of nature's designs and had a strong feeling that this was a subject that I would want to investigate more deeply.
The process of my work over the last six years has been about learning and understanding my materials and medium, while the product has been the attempted capture of a beautiful location in the UK. I've resisted incorporating people into the work, as I felt they immediately became the focal point of the painting and detracted from the point of showing the landscape in its pristine and undiluted form. The problem is that I feel they just come across as beautiful landscapes.
I've been sensing for a while now, that my work needs to impart a message and since the beginning of 2018, I have been looking at my work and deciding what step to take next. Here are a few of the thoughts that I have been having relating to the proposed direction of my work:
- I want my work to be intellectually and emotionally accessible to a wide audience.
- I want the work to inspire thought and encourage action.
- I want my work to continue to have contrast, colour and depth.
- I want my work to be freer and to have sweeping gestures of brushwork that convey confidence and purpose.
- I want to take my work towards a more abstract representation of the natural world.
I think it's ironic that Biomimicry has offered me a seed of inspiration for the new direction of my work and I have a sense that using this topic as a starting point, could become the catalyst for a really engaging body of work. Once I have concluded my participation in The Dorset Arts Week, I plan to begin researching this field further and developing an initial set of guidelines to which the work must adhere.
In the meantime, here's an inspiring TED take by Andy Middleton about Biomimicry...