Lately, my daily routine has encountered the unexpected. In addition, I’ve found myself becoming more aware and engaged. Can beauty be discovered by accident or by making a conscious effort to “see”? Well, yes it can! Art can be found outside a gallery or museum’s wall and in nature.
On my walks lately, I’ve been investigating shadows. Love how light can create patterns that extend and dance off of objects. A few months ago on a shadow expedition, I noticed a middle-aged man throwing rocks and ocean trash into a pile on the edge of the Bay. At first, became hesitant that perhaps this individual was mentally unstable. As a result, I continued without acknowledgment or any additional thought.
The next day the rocks and trash were arraigned into compositions. Some were small and minimalistic while others mimicked the environment in scale. Over the next few weeks, additional pieces were created or altered by the artist, nature, or admirers. The outdoor exhibit remains consistent yet changes with time.
Speaking of unknowns, the individual who produced these artworks is a mystery. After researching the internet, nothing could be found. I don’t know the name, background, concept, or anything about the creator. The artist sneaks in, produces a footprint, and exists like a shadow.
Using the environment as a medium is nothing new. Famous artists like Andy Goldsworthy and James Turrell transform nature and light. Goldsworthy: “We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.” A day of searching led to discovering an unknown artist. The experience made me stop, see, breathe, and reconnect.