Act Natural explores the themes of perception, connection and acceptance of the natural world in which we inherently exist and act upon. Many artists featured in this exhibition find grace through their work in what is traditionally perceived as a conflict between humans and nature. Philosopher Alan Watts clarifies our position: “You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean.”
While the work of participating artists in Act Natural may appear different upon a cursory glance, there are numerous formal overlaps that indicate each artist’s desire to create deliberate, necessary and ostensibly rich aesthetic elements that point to the poetry of their preferred themes: visual perception, subjective experience, human creativity, and nature at large.
In 2022, now in the throes of political unrest, wartime, systemic discrimination, a worldwide pandemic, economic upheaval, and eroding self worth, it is imperative to provide new work that helps fine art audiences connect with the natural world in order to reset our lives, redefine our value, resolve our nominal differences and reclaim the place we call home on earth. The outstanding hope is that we have now widely begun the work to engage a significant change in perspective that helps to distinguish our great assets and gain what Watts indicates is an “awareness of the basic unity of organism and environment.”
I believe that this online exhibition will help to present the works of Act Natural to a diverse audience that seeks personal healing, a reconnection to the natural world, community unification and movement forward in the coming age.
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