Connecting with nature is a way for us to understand more about ourselves, and delve deeper into who we are and how we fit in to the natural world around us. There are various practices that help facilitate this process, from the spiritual through to the ritual, but how often do we consider that engaging with nature on a creative level can bring about profound understanding of our own nature, as well as that of the other-than-human world that we share.
Last week, I stumbled on the work of Shona Wilson, a visual artist who creates 2 dimensional, and 3 dimensional assemblages out of items found in nature. Her connection to the natural world is the inspiration behind her work, and in an endeavour to encourage others to engage more meaningfully in the outdoors, she created the One A Day Ephemeral Art Project. Shona describes the project as ‘a tool and method to explore, share and be in the world with mindful curiosity and appreciation.’ Every day of the year she created an ephemeral piece of art, photographed it and shared it via instagram in an effort to inspire others.
As result of reading about Shona’s creative practice in nature, I have set my own intention to interact with the natural world in a way that I had not thought of doing previously. As I journey through the forest I will stop, and take time to creatively express my gratitude and appreciation for the exquisite, raw beauty and wildness that surrounds me. In so doing, I also initiate the process of mindful awareness and begin to gain a deeper empathy with all that is wild.
I have decided to name my project ‘Invitations From Nature’, as I consider that each occasion to stop and create something gives rise to an opportunity to engage in the natural world on a deeper, more meaningful level. It’s as though nature is inviting me to share my creativity with the source of all creativity.
I will post photos of my ephemeral Invitations From Nature on my blog, and in so doing, perhaps I will inspire you to create your own little works of art.