At the heart of the Nature & me cycle is the focus on perception. On nature, mostly. Walking through forests, watching trees, grasses, bushes, stones, plants, listening to and watching streams, their rapids, pools, rocks ... Diving under the sea, watching the waves, listening to the wind, climbing rocks, watching the plants …
What do these different impressions leave behind? Two things come to mind: rhythms of repetition in an endless variety of solutions and pulsating of vitality.
Vitality pulsates wherever there is life. In fact, the presence of intense pulsating of vitality is unavoidable. However, it is not necessarily also perceived. Detection requires sufficient openness and sufficiently sensitive perception. (To feel vitality is somewhat analogous to longing. They may even be related.)
From the solo exhibition Nature & me, a practice of sensitivity, with a sculptural contribution by Katja Oblak; paper cast of the rock. Srečišče Gallery, Hostel Celica, Ljubljana, December 2019 and January 2020:
Careful, regular observation of nature also reveals the rhythms in the diversity of solutions: Patterns of repetition in a boundless variety of forms. An example is the geometric forms of organic growth: The responses of a wide variety of plant species to the challenge of optimal arrangement of leaf veins. We see the boundless diversity, but also the affinity between the solutions. Or the mechanics of running water, where boundless diversity usually fluctuates around a set of optimal solutions. The flows and eddies somehow "overlap". Each change affects all other flows and eddies, while the stream remains in the same bad. (Unless there is a flood. At that point rocks, rapids, even riverbeds move.)