Spending time in nature and noticing natural details has been an inspiration for artists over the centuries. Nature not only offers inspiration, but also provides a multitude of materials that can be used to create ephemeral art throughout the year. Such art is meant to be fluid and temporary. With exposure to natural elements, ephemeral art is meant to return to the earth.
Creating ephemeral art with found materials can be a centering experience. It brings participants into the moment as they connect with the sights, sounds, textures and scents of the environment around them.
Since they are using natural materials, their creations will have an ephemeral existence and will be transformed over time by the exposure to the seasons and the elements. Participants then spend time creating their art in the forest. During this invitation, everyone seems to become absorbed in this creative process. When I ring the bell, we gather to visit each other’s creations and to share our experiences.