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Sara Baker Michalak

Mixed media artworks for the natural world's well-being

 

My works reflect the natural world's beauty and its ephemerality: the tangible that clearly defines nature's physical forms, and the fluid forces and rhythms that animate it. As nature's  'ephemerality' now takes on potentially disastrous proportions as a result of our own very unnatural actions, I'm compelled to make art that more directly addresses these issues.

 

 The planet's materials, processes and time all interact and manifest as placeWhile I most often begin with recognizable imagery that references land, water and atmosphere, elements of abstraction develop as I consider our relationships and experiences with the place and find more to express. I intend to render forms observed and felt in the nonhuman world as being true in human experience too: nature's 'light and dark' for example is meaningful to us because light and dark are at the base of human seeing, experiencing, knowing. So it is with states such as the ordered and the random, beginnings and endings, chaos and cosmos: all -- and the forces that flow through and unite them -- exist at the core of the human and nonhuman alike. We tend to experience these 'pairs' (as I present them here in words) as opposites, dualities. But I mean to express these 'opposites' not as such, but rather as equal and essential parts of an entity: no one part lesser or greater; better or worse. No one without the other. Not two, but one.

 

The human and nonhuman worlds are linked inextricably at this fundamental level: the two are one. Threats of climate change -- real threats to all that we know, all that we are --  demand that we commit our efforts to preserve and protect the integrity of our planet, all that makes it whole.  It is my hope to make some small contribution to these efforts.