modern primitive




I had heard many years ago that art was man's way of competing with nature. It didn't make sense to me then but over time I have come to embrace that definition of art. When we experience nature we are usually held in awe of the reality we live in. We are struck by the myriad large and small aspects of our reality. There is no real way to fully comprehend our experience with nature, the best we can do is to try and clear our mind and let the spiritual aspects of the experience sweep over us.

That is one of the more interesting aspects of our experience with nature; that we can't take it all in. Unlike a book or a play or movie you can't experience the sight, the sounds or the smells as fast as nature gives them to you. You are always left overwhelmed. I think that's why we go back to our favorites places in nature, to try again to take it all in.

And so the question is; how can we bring that sense of awe and questioning into our homes? I feel the best visual art is that which also gives you more to take in than you can manage. This doesn't mean that the art beats you over the head with garish colors but that it offers more mystery than you can figure out while you look at it. The films that make you wonder about their characters or about life as you leave the theater are the films that are art. You begin with the concept of "I wonder" and when you leave the art you have the same question in your mind.

I create my images with that concept in mind. That as much as I am able, I want to try and induce you to wonder; what is it? how is it? why is it?

In this way I feel I will allow you a few moments of reflection in a state of mind somewhat removed from the rigors of daily life.

When we are immersed in nature the questions are unspoken. Unspoken because we know there are no answers. But we keep asking the questions anyway.

the art of michael heth
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