While one is recommended to fully immerse themselves in nature to reap the full benefits it offers, landscape art serves as a reminder to appreciate the divinity of nature. It reflects more of what we should do.
A growing body of research has proven that nature calms us down by reducing stress levels, increasing self-esteem and lifting our mood (something we all need sometimes :)) According to a Yale Psychology article, it takes precisely 2 hours per week in nature to feel healthy and develop a strong sense of well being. And with the pandemic stirring erratic changes to our lifestyle and changes to our ecosystem, it makes complete sense as to why we’re turning to nature more often, and as always, art mirrors life.
Here are a few of our key artists that explore nature in diverse ways and mediums:
Tarik Chebli: Known for his ethereal landscapes, Tarik has always painted only nature scenes. From early on in his childhood, Tarik would turn to nature to find solace. “I see the divine in nature, it makes me believe in something higher.” Oftentimes showcasing the symbiosis between the animals and their environment, while other times solely depicting the pristine landscapes on their own, untouched by humankind.
Algeria by Tarik Chebli
Ahoo Hamedi: Ahoo takes a unique approach to exploring nature with her blossom series and use of plexiglass as her primary medium. “My vase series encapsulates a visual journey into Mother Earth. Flowers, plants and birds make up a borderless and hollow vase. I fuse these elements to juxtapose themes of freedom vs imprisonment and birth vs rebirth at the forefront.”
Flower by Ahoo Hamedi
Tarsila Schubert: As a street-artist, Tarsila is deeply connected to her environment. She interprets scenes of nature through an abstract lens. With a multicultural background, being born in Brazil but residing in Dubai, her method incorporates the diverse and complex inspirations of her surroundings through strong colors and chaotic yet simplified structures.
Wild Eyes Don't Lie by Tarsila Schubert
Amelia Hadouchi: Inspired by positivism, well being and nature, Amelia Hadouchi’s works oftentimes transport the viewer on a mental voyage. “Nature is unquestionably my greatest source of inspiration. I feel entirely at peace and connected whenever I am in a natural area. I bring that frame of mind with me in the studio.”
Roots of the Earth by Amelia Hadouchi
The environment in which we spend time is important for our health and wellbeing. As we continue to look for ways to beautify our surroundings, art can open our eyes to the intricacy and beauty of the natural world. Whether that be a simple depiction that appreciates nature for what it is or a challenging work that explores our complex human connection to nature. Regardless, there is no doubt that nature gives us purpose.