In the face of sobering environmental events that highlight both the majesty and fragility of nature, we’ve gathered both artworks and comments from our artists for whom natural elements, environmentalism and climate change act as central themes.
These themes have carried particular pertinence over the past year, with the Amazon rainforest and a huge portion of Australia being battered by dangerous fires. Perhaps more than ever, and with the help of influential figures such as Greta Thunberg, environmental issues are leaping to the forefront of politics, media and even art. Here are 5 Singulart artists whose work has something to say:
1.) Orlanda Broom
Orlanda Broom is an accomplished British artist who composes works that represent a fantastical view of the natural world and entice the viewer into both beauty and darkness. She simultaneously showcases the timelessness of nature alongside the human impacts that threaten its purity. Hear it from Broom herself:
“My landscapes tap into a fundamental love and appreciation of nature. They celebrate its beauty but seek to engage with our ever increasing loss of wild places.”
2.) Philip Govedare
American painter Philip Govedare views his art as “a response to the landscape we inhabit with all its complexity and layered meanings.” His landscape paintings are derived from sites that are both visually compelling and charged with implications of use, development and ownership. More than a response to and interpretation of the world, his art also functions as a projection of concern about the condition of landscape and nature in our world today. To sense the fragile, ethereal beauty of our planet, look no further than Govedare.
3.) Peter Finnemore
Peter Finnemore is a Welsh photographer whose work, in part, investigates both conscious and unconscious links to a wider cultural and universal inheritance. His ‘Zen Gardener’ series, undertaken in desert areas of Zaragoza, Spain, relates to the politics of water, water shortage and climate change. According to Finnemore, “The performed character is an amalgamation of Don Quixote and the Celtic motif of the ‘Green Man.'”
4.) Ann R
I’m very sensitive to the degradation of our environment, so my approach is not head-on and leaves plenty of room for humor and tenderness.
Ann R‘s somewhat whimsical portrayal of the habitat in which animals live craftily swifts between subtle and uncompromising. Through her work, we can see the innocence of the animals most at harm by environmental damage. With images of a panda unmoved by the plastic bag draped across its head and a polar bear wearing a life jacket to survive amid melting ice caps, these artworks pack a satirical punch.
5.) Anett Münnich
“Nature is a precious space that always allows for discovering something new and reinterpreting memories.”
A deep love for the forest drives German painter Anett Münnich‘s work. Fascinated by organic structures, she examines traces of civilization on 500-year-old trees to analyze the relationship between man and nature. Münnich infuses her paintings with her own observations and memories of nature, and compresses fine lines and surfaces into chaos that eventually appear as trees and landscapes.
To continue contemplating the natural world and its many manifestations in art, take a look at our carefully curated The Environment and Art collection.
Cover Image: ‘Wald 03’ (2017( by Jürgen Bartenschlager