The good news is that taking a break often brings insight and inspiration. I am reaping those rewards now. I have challenged myself to create an animated short that demonstrates James Lovelock’s Gaia Theory that all life on Earth is connected. I want to tell this animated story by weaving together natural objects from my neighborhood in Brooklyn with the principles of the Gaia Theory. Where do I start?
I wanted to bring in my childhood on an old farm in Virginia, my life here with my grandson as we explore the local flora and fauna and the seasonal changes as reflected in an urban environment. Wow, overload. My vision was so expansive, I was just stymied as to how to proceed.
English Oak, mixed media on paper, 18"x24", 2021
Collected treasures taped on my studio wall
Just a little background. I take a walk everyday. Since the beginning of fall, I have been compelled each day to pick up some natural treasure along the way. These have most frequently been leaves. They were taped on my studio wall to admire. When I decided to change my fine art focus from collage back to mixed media botanical drawings on paper, the leaves on the wall were center stage. Here are a few of the drawings from the holidays.
Leaves: Tree of Heaven, mixed media on paper, 18"x24", 2021
Leaves: European Beech, mixed media on paper, 18"x24"
How have these drawings inspired me and provided a foundation for my script and storyboards for this animation? Focusing on the tiniest of aspects of the natural world, as I am currently doing in my drawings, intrigues me. I feel like they are crumbs that leave a trail to be followed that “demonstrates” the connection of all life. The more diverse these small object crumbs, the more interesting the story/animation will be. My research continues with James Lovelock’s book, Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth. His writing is so engaging and accessible.
Pin Oak Acorns, mixed media on paper, 18"x24", 2022
Have you seen art/media that you feel successfully demonstrates this very narrow and simultaneously very wide view of the connection of all life?
Thank you for your interest in my work and joining me on this journey. Your thoughts and feedback are always important to me.
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