I was collecting these with my grandson when I noticed the small kidney shape that is found in each shell, it is like they all have a very similar start in life but end up completely different because of the circumstances through which they develop. The circumstances may be very similar but the outcome for each individual is so different. It is the nature or nurture argument; I always think it is a good dose of nature followed by a great deal of nurture and that nurture is not always good. I listened to a scientist explaining the forces from which the entire universe developed recently, only four of them apparently, (this is one view only, I suspect there are many more), they are 1. The Strong Nuclear Force, 2. The Weak Nuclear Force, 3. Electromagnetism and 4. Gravity. It amazes me how such a complex place like the universe can develop from only four forces, where do mathematical formulae come from, were they created in the event they call the “Big Bang” or did they exist before, I have so many questions I will never know the answer to but I keep on looking and it is that search that I enjoy and invigorates me.
It seems there are so many examples of how our own lives develop but the shells one I found close to hand on the local beach, the ridges on the shells mark the passing of each year, the kidney shape the visible starting point and then washed up on a beach to be ground down to sand by the action of the waves. Kandinsky spoke of the “spiritual” in art he writes,” In each picture is a whole lifetime of fears, doubts, hopes and joys. Whither is this lifetime trending? What is the message of the competent artist? …To harmonize the whole is the task of art”.
This set of four paintings are my humble effort to show my own spirituality, that is not a religious spirituality, but a spirituality born out of experience and being, I cannot nor do I know from whence this comes but it is something I do experience, it is something inside me that art, objects, places and people amongst other things that inspire me to make art.
Below are larger images of the individual paintings in their frames: