1 Of, relating to, or derived from living organisms: organic matter.
2 Simple, healthful, and close to nature: an organic lifestyle
3 Resembling a living organism in organization or development; interconnected: society as an organic whole.
4 Constituting an integral part of a whole; fundamental.
5 Involving organisms or the products of their life processes.
I first thought about the concept of “Organic Art” while walking the creek bed behind my home in Malibu, Ca. I wanted to capture on canvas the feel of hiking the trails, or exploring the creek. I wanted to convey my response of nature, something that had a truly innate natural look and feel to it. To take it a step further, I wanted to show the fundamentals of nature that we see daily, that are so strikingly familiar to us, and their relationship to time. I’m also intrigued by micro assemblages, tucked just below the surface, unusual hidden worlds. Macro and micro organic happenings are ongoing constantly, natural occurrences that also have to do with the passage of time. Time reveals itself through rotted wood, new growth, death, strata on the side of a mountain wall, all these things show the evolution of our Earth, organic markings of the passage of time.
Now, mix these with feelings of emotion, physical movement of an artist responding to nature, and you have what I call….Organic Art. It is an artist’s vision of nature, nature’s movement through time, and that particular artist’s feelings, and responses. I want the viewer to re-live an atmospheric memory in their relationship to nature and my artwork.
Organic art can also be termed “Organic” by the materials an artist is using. Artists use organic pigments, leaves, branches, berries, stones, etc. An assemblage of natural materials, a sculpture in wood or marble, stones stacked/placed along side a river…or even crop circles, they are all examples of what I would term Organic Art.
– Deb Haugen