With nature as a trending theme, these artists from all over the world have found innovative ways to integrate it into their beautiful creative pursuits
What is Art? According to the incredible French artist Èmeric Chantier “it is the perfect marriage between the beautiful and the useful.” And his art is truly reflective of the same as in it he endeavours to question the relationship we have with Nature and how we perceive ourselves as living by drawing inspiration from everyday city life and scientific conferences. In his work, there is scope for introspection and meditation, without the inclination towards moralistic preaching. He acknowledges that sustainability is a trend as it is the need of the hour and thus sees continued development of high techniques but by rediscovering more noble materials and need as the future.
“A fiber sculptor who works depict small environments where plant life, spores, birds and insects interact with the microscopic world we can’t see with our own eyes” is how Amy Gross sees her own artwork. She creates these masterpieces by using accessible materials as she believes that it links her with centuries of craft and handiwork, and skills that are still considered women’s work. For Amy design is anything that challenges your imagination, makes you see something in a new way and in the process changes you a little.
In 1972, Paul Stankard left the glass industry to devote full-time to develop a body of work that celebrates native flowers that bring fresh visual information to coloured glass encapsulated in clear glass. He was drawn to there flowers due to his childhood in the countryside where he remembers the joys of picking bouquets of flowers for his mother. With his experience, Stankard sees building on traditions in the craft art world with quality and originality as the future. And cites how ultimately good design has a halo hovering over it that engages the viewer into a visual dialogue. And Stankard’s work definitely has that halo all over it!
Design can be “functional, aesthetics to me, is pure communication” according to Priyanka Shah of Studio Lalala. And what her art communicates is truly mesmerizing! Priyanka describes herself as a mumbai-based graphic designer, stylist and visual artist whose love for nature and fear of the unknown has lead to the evolving series of ‘Fantasy Botanicals’ where she designs her own plants. And these incredible pieces of art “often exist for only a fleeting moment before they biodegrade.” Only preserved in the form of photographs. Priyanka describes how the love for nature is a gift passed on from her family and thus even as a studio now she endeavors to work with brands that promote sustainable living.