Art by Tiffany Calder Kingston - Emerging Australian Artist Byron Bay

contemporary environmental art

As many artists may understand, once we have placed the first mark on a blank canvas it begins a journey into the depths of our creative souls. Each line, shape, color are no more than a dialogue between the source and the artist. This is our visual voice.

My artwork is an interpretation of natures dialogue. It is an understanding of my ancestry but most of all it is a fascination of the human species and our relationship to the planet. I have studied many cultures that worship elements of nature and yet many who neglect it. Not only is this evident throughout the planet but even within our local environment.

I have witnessed many contradictions of human values and it is this heartache which I feel for the planet and its wildlife that influences my art in its depiction of beauty and energy found in nature. It is in the most unlikely of places that I source my inspiration.

What I see... In nature I believe each element connects or is linked together energetically as one cannot exist without the other. The landscape I see is not just the hills of a horizon line instead it is the layers beneath the earth, within the waters depths, the root systems, and the seeds that are the new beginning. My interest in the wetlands for example is because of its diversity and the lineage of generations of plant matter, which are the foundations for the growth of new life.

I would like to share with you three paragraphs from a book that was shown to me 20 years ago but I had never read it and yet the title of this book was submerged in the back of my mind. It was only recently that I felt a nagging subconscious voice pushing me to search for a copy and so I did. Ironically the cheapest copy I could find was in America. The subject of this book ‘Australian Aboriginal dream time’.

The title of this book is 'Voices of the First Day- awakening the aboriginal dream time' By Robert Lawlor

The earth holds an infinite profusion of seeds. Seeds contain forms and workings yet to germinate; the roots, leaves, and flowers of the entire plant are invisibly enclosed in the seed. Paradoxically, the unborn potential of future life is fused within a seed, to primordial patterns that were laid down in the very beginning. The seeds capacity to engender new life seems to derive from the imprint of patterns carried through the ages.

This image of the earth with its seeds is comparable to Carl Jung’s description of humanity’s collective unconscious: both hold the entire heritage of primal patterns that are continually reborn through nature’s seasons. Like seeds, myths, ideas and images are dispersed throughout the world on the winds of thought, the waters of emotion and fires of passion. The Australian Aborigines speak of 'jiva' or 'guruwari', a 'seed power' deposited in the earth. In the Aboriginal world view, every meaningful activity, event, or life process that occurs at a particular place leaves behind a vibrational residue in the earth, as plants leave an image of themselves as seeds. The shape of the land-its mountains, rocks, riverbeds and waterholes-and its unseen vibrations echo the events that brought that place into creation.

Everything in the natural world is a symbolic foot print of the metaphysical beings whose actions created our world. As with a seed, the potency of an earthly location is wedded to the memory of its origin. The Aborigines called this potency the “Dreaming” of a place, and this Dreaming constitutes the sacredness of the earth. Only in extraordinary states of consciousness can one be aware of or attuned to, the inner dreaming of the earth.