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Art and nature

Biomorphic and technomorphic art

Creativity plays a crucial role in the arts. This means not only a cultural reference, but also a direct influence from nature. But what do we mean by "the" nature? At least there are two parts, on the one side, the direct use of natural shapes and motifs, and on the other side, due to the fact that we are part of nature itself, involving an exposure of all life processes on art.

The cultural influences in the arts used to be mainly determined by the religiousness of the people. Here, a significant change has taken place by the advance of technology. Instead of spiritual confrontation we have to a larger extent a complex dispute triggered by technical development about artistic processes and motives and about multimedia and technomorphic art.  

A similar development was triggered by the rapidly developing sciences. While religious art was based more on traditions also putting the artistic work methods understandably in a conservative framework, particularly the last century has brought incredible changes. To a similar extent as life and development processes were better understood, the arts have expanded by completely new kinds of presentation and motifs. Entire subjects of nature were included in the artwork and especially nature-based motifs - biomorphic art.

As most times, this development has taken in the East and the West very different ways. In art, prim­arily the conflict between Europe and East Asia is meant. While in the West understanding and analyzing received a greater emphasis and thereby resulted in a higher importance of artistic abstraction, arts in the East are more focused on summarizing similarities leading to a larger share of complex art. For both sides at all times the mutual understanding was not easy.  

© Hans J. Unsoeld, Berlin (Germany) 2012/2018

Last update March 22, 2018  

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