"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 Blossfeldt
Karl Blossfeldt's magnified photographic studies of the plant world were published in 1928 in a book he called, Urformen der Kunst (Archetypes in Nature).
What does that mean... "restore our connection with nature"?
I think when we restore our connection with nature we restore a connection to our essential self. Our own humanity is intimated in Nature's great designs.
If we look carefully & closely, not just with our eyes but with our spirit as well, we discover that nature is the inspiration of all human design, all art, all myth, all religions, all symbols. Nature reveals the blueprints or Ur-forms of all archetypal elements, and origins of human systems.
Nature is the Key and the Lock
When we consciously engage with Nature, the interaction opens us to the mysteries - the big philosophical questions. Now I'm thinking of the title of Paul Gauguin's painting, Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? The asking and the searching reveal 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.
Fascinated by the term UR-FORM
Blossfeldt wasn't the only one to use the term. Carl Jung's writings also presented the idea of UR-FORM - out of nature the Archetype is born.
The strange term took root in my brain. Then I started to play a thought game. Can contemporary objects all find their origins in nature? The giant umbrella in my garden - you know, the one I bought at Pottery Barn - isn't the tree the Ur- Form of that umbrella?
And like Alice falling down the rabbit hole my journey began...
More on this subject of connection, origin, myth, coming soon...