Taking Imagination Seriously

Taking Imagination Seriously is a topic, brought to life in a very real way in this weeks post. Today I want to share with you a wonderful video by Janet Echelman, who creates incredible sculptures, massive in scale, and her story of how she came to this art form.

There’s a wonderful story which arose from an incident that could have been a catastrophe for her and yet she turned into it something ultimately amazing. Watch the video to see how this unfolded for her.

 

It was only through the use of the imagination that she managed to turn a problematic event into a whole new direction for her art. As she says in the video, what enabled this to happen was her being able to see something that she had seen many times before, from a completely new perspective. Being able to look at fishing nets in a whole new way she began an exploration into what I would essentially call, wind sculptures.

One of the things she shared on the video that I found amazing to visualize, was that image of a whole building full of office people coming out of their workspace and lying on the ground in their suits underneath this massive sculpture to experience something so far outside their normal daily lives. What a wonderful thing to be able to have such a massive impact on others with your vision and creative structures.

 

Here are some more images of her work..

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These two images are different views of the same work titled – Dreamcatcher.

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SKIES PAINTED WITH UNNUMBERED SPARKS, VANCOUVER, CANADA, 2014……..

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And at night it looks like this….

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I think one would have to say that Janet is certainly one who is taking imagination seriously, to a whole new level in fact. I’m staggered by the scale of these monumental works and their ephemeral beauty.

 

I just had to share some more of this man’s amazing work!

Andy Goldsworthy - amazing british artist who works with nature as his canvas

Andy Goldsworthy -Image credit Daryl Bush

Andy says of his work,

“The underlying tension of a lot of my art is to try and look through the surface appearance of things. Inevitably, one way of getting beneath the surface is to introduce a hole, a window into what lies below.”

Andy Goldsworthy - Iris leaves and rowan berries
Iris leaves and rowan berries

An enchanting floating sculpture, almost oriental, just beautiful.

Maple leaves, Water and Rocks - Andy Goldsworthy
Maple leaves, Water and Rocks

This work is so simple in concept, so beautifully executed and yet the complexity of all the elements and the way they work together is absolutely breath taking. This is creativity at its finest.

I have been so inspired looking at Andy’s work – I want to rush out and start building with nature myself!

Even though Andy may never read this blog I want to thank him for sharing his vision with the world and allowing us to see things in such a unique way.  I should mention that all the images here are copyrighted to Andy. I was unable to obtain contact details to ask his permission for their use.  I couldn’t find a website that belonged to him, his images are all over the web, but they all seem to be on some one else’s sites.

I hope he will forgive me, I just so much wanted to share his wonderful talent and I hope he inspires you as much as he has inspired me.

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