Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Collin Elder - Artist of the Month - January 2014

I began painting three years ago after leaving the realm of ecological
conservation, which, along with a degree in wildlife biology, has focused my artwork on our deep and often mysterious connections with the natural world. I see my work as being a transition from conservation and how we relate to the past, into an expression of redesigning reality, inspiring an embrace of the interdependent nature of our connections with all life. My paintings reflect a deep yearning to dive deeper into those connections, showing how the health of our human community is dependent on the remembering and deepening of them. Hoping to evoke a vivid sense of direct experience, I paint stories of re-inspiring our reciprocity with the fluid and ever-changing natural landscape. These stories are a reflection of an ancient desire to heal spiritual amnesia and re-unite our mental concepts with our bodily awareness, grounding them in the living world. The paintings play with the idea of looking through our investigations, classifications, sciences and technologies, into active, subjective participation with an integral, holistic and mysterious ecosystem

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