Yesterday in Class I watched Craft in America episode Nature. Through the lenses of different artists you hear perspectives on how they not only view nature but place it in the grand scheme of things with their art. "You're going to make what you surround yourself with" says Miranda Belarde-Lewis in reference to her brief discussion of Apache Philosopher Viola Cordova. This quote resonated with me because I can speak first hand that what you allow yourself to be exposed to can play a part in what your subconscious imbibes. A question raised in the episode was that "Is it (nature) the limit or is it everything?". This question will vary from person to person based on the views and roles that we hold with nature. If nature is the limit, does that mean the limit to design has been reached? If nature is the limit, does that mean the limit to beauty has been reached? I cannot answer these questions for anyone but only for myself. How I talk about nature is to show my inspiration from what has already been done that is regulating my process.
Personally not only do I pull nature as inspiration but also the industrialized refined products of nature. Through balance of both I can see change, rhythm of progression, growth or even loss of detail or character within the parts of nature being extracted to create "refined" material. Perhaps this is my way of asking myself do the raw materials I use have impurities? Or does the idea of impurities imply that I see a fault in using raw material? These questions have inspired me to continue working with nature medium to expose the balance or imbalance of nature versus industry.