‘FORCES OF NATURE’
by artist Tiana Marie
RUSKIN MUSEUM, YEWDALE ROAD, CONISTON, CUMBRIA LA21 8DU
Saturday 19th October – Sunday 24th November 2019
Opening Times: Daily 10.00am - 4.30pm until 10th Nov
Winter Opening Times: Daily 10.30am - 3.30pm. Closed on Mondays
Tel: 01539 441164
This exhibition – “Forces of Nature" celebrates John Ruskin's bicentenary year, exploring the innate unity of the elements of life; earth, air, fire, water and ether, in the natural world as these elemental forces co-operate to create the forms of Nature that we see around us in mountain, lake, cloud and wind.
The English Lake District is the perfect place to observe the workings of the forces of Nature in these present times as Ruskin’s 19th century “Storm Cloud” of industrial pollution becomes today’s climate change emergency.
This thought-provoking exhibition consists of watercolours and mixed media paintings in a range of sizes with portfolio collectibles.
John Ruskin has always been an influence on my artistic practice as a painter of the force of nature. His way of seeing the natural world not only as an observer, but with a poet’s soul, has been an inspiration to me and a guiding light to the heart of things.
He helps the viewer to ‘see clearly’ both the seen and the unseen, that is to say, ‘the spirit which moves all things,’ that which lies beneath an object, a life-force of elemental power that speaks the truth of nature.
No one has written with such clarity, from the seeing eye of the heart about the majesty and glory of the natural world as this man. His great masterpiece, ‘Modern Painters’, will continue to be a significant treatise, of value to art and artists for generations to come.
Art indeed is praise to life, and is a natural practice in the worship of nature. Ruskin encouraged student artists to study the dawn each day as an exercise ‘to calm and purify’ the mind of unwanted thoughts, a wonderful antidote to depressed spirits, to feel the power of a new dawn each day, and benefit from the light of nature for wellbeing.
His prescription for observing nature will continue to enhance the lives, not only of artists, but also of those who consider themselves non-artists.
Seeing truly – ‘The sight is more important than the drawing.’ – John Ruskin