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Every day I marvel at the magic of nature – it’s wholeness, it’s purpose, it’s beauty, it’s creative force that can’t be stopped. What I rarely think of is the fact that humans possess the same innate qualities. That’s why Art has always been an important part of the human process. It connects us to what is both inside and outside ourselves and connects us to each other and nature.

If you’ve ever doubted this, take a look:

Made from driftwood.

Heather Jansch is the artist.

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  1. Jolly ROger Says:

    These art nice representations of the form of “horse.”
    I preface this comment, as not to critique either the “art,” or the “artist, of the work.

    Quotes from “The Ascent of Humanity,” by Charles Eisenstien,” As human beings turned fro the Original Religion toward the dualistic religions of agriculture, the magical import of art transformed from an inherency in the object itself to an inherency in its representational power. Pre-alienation peoples (animists) believed that the entire universe, animate and inaminate, is living spirit manifest. As separation grew, humans humans beings separated spirit out from matter and conceived for the first time that some things might be more spiritual that other. Its power no longer resided in what it was, but what it symbolized.
    We now live in almost wholly in a manufactured reality, a world of images, but nothing has really changed. Using finite methods to aproximate the infinite, using representation to approximate reality, we succeed only a taller Tower (of Babel). Can it ever reach the sky?

    As I see it, frozen objective, images of “horse,” regardless of the artists’ skill or intent, can never approximate “horse,” between ones’ legs, the flow of the mane and tail, the thundering of hooves across a prairie, or crossing the ocean in the bellies of Spanish Galleons, or the innate power, hence (horsepower)’ a universal scale of the measurement of “work,” It’s significance in the history of man, from Ghengis Khan, to the Native Americans, to ‘Manifest Destiny,” expediting the domination of the N. American continent.

    But, I am “human.” I do appreciate realistic and abstract 2D and 3D “art.” And not even mentioned is the functional artifact as art. I sure that the Native cultures expected to see their pottery and basketry on our shelves.

    I’ll leave the phenomenon of music as art to others to comment. From live music, to analog recorded, to digital. And what about making your OWN music???

    Thanks, Jolly ROger

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