"My plantists (images of plants) should help restore the connection with nature. They should arouse the sense of nature, point out the overpowering treasures of nature and stimulate our own observations of our native plant world." Karl Blossfeld
Hmm. What do we discover when we 'restore our connection with nature'?
I knew about this photographer, Karl Blossfeldt, whose magnified studies of the plant world were published in 1928 in a book he called, Urformen der Kunst (Archetypes in Nature). His writings presented the idea of an ur-form, an archetype or original form. The strange term took its root from UR, the ancient and earliest city-state in Mesopotamia (4000CE).
I took a leap from Blossfeldt's term and my knowledges an art historian of this original seat of civilization and developed a theory that demonstrates how all contemporary art and design, all culture, can find its origins in the natural world. If we look very carefully and very closely at nature, we discover that nature itself has inspired all human design, all art, all myth. A study of nature reveals the blueprints or Ur-forms of all symbols and archetypal elements and origins of human systems.
Nature is the key and the lock. When we consciously engage with Nature, the interaction opens up the mysteries of ancient designs and ancient culture revealing our most sacred connection to the world, that is to say our place in the world. A balance is restored. And for us in 21st century, a healing begins.
More on this subject of connection, myth, meaning coming soon...