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Wednesday 28 July 2021
thank you for following along with me on my journey
I am pleased to announce my second, Walking as Performance, Art project
Even if you didn't do it, they can't go back and uncancel the cancel. You're deleted
I am consciously working on expanding my Environmental Art practice. The focus of Environmental Art is the artist's relationship with Nature. I have been really struggling to find the words to describe my practice as well as consider its context within art history. I am just beginning to recognize that my work is a fusion of elements present in both Symbolism and Romanticism. This is one of my favorite Romantic nature paintings, Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, by Caspar David Friedrich. I love that the wanderer exists within the work, because, for me, it means that the wanderer's point of view is being emphasized.
I also love the work of Ansel Adams. Although there are no figures in his photographs I find them to be just as evocative.
While in Nature, I experience Stendahl Syndrome, and I want to convey this sense of awe in my work. Rather than attempting to influence or judge another or provide social commentary, I am merely sharing the deep love and respect I feel. I prefer to speak of the glory of nature, its astounding beauty and the emotions it evokes in me. To me, beauty is Nature’s greatest asset.
Nature is my inspiration, and it reveals who I am in the work I create. From this perspective, I am claiming my individuality.
Bring Them Home
I hope that I will see the Marbles back in Athens before I die;
but if they come back later I shall be reborn. Melina Mercouri
Far away from their native land, the Parthenon Marbles have been situated at the British Museum for over 150 years. That certainly means that there are continuous negotiations between the Greek government, asking for their return, and the British government who, together with the Trustees of the British Museum, have refused to do this. Ian Swindale
You must understand what the Parthenon Marbles mean to us. They are our pride. They are our sacrifices. They are the supreme symbol of nobility. They are a tribute to democratic philosophy. They are our aspiration and our name. They are the essence of Greekness. Melina Mercouri
The request for the restitution of the Parthenon Marbles is not made by the Greek government in the name of the Greek nation or of Greek history. It is made in the name of the cultural heritage of the world and with the voice of the mutilated monument itself, that cries out for its marbles to be returned. Evangelos Venizelos, former Greek Minister of Culture