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 this week, with the Amazon rainforest currently being battered by dangerous fires; perhaps more than ever, 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.) Tatiana Urban
The tension between alienation from nature and longing for nature form the basis of German artist Tatiana Urban‘s work. Her landscape representations act as interfaces between the real and virtual, artificial and organic, full of futuristic mystery and uneasiness achieved by mixing natural elements with sharp geometric shapes. For Urban, “Art gives us an idea of how many worlds exist outside our own borders.” She travels deep into questions posed by the environment that surrounds us, and also investigates those which we cannot see.
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