Definition: What is “Organic art” ?

                                  or·gan·ic  (ôr-gān’ĭk)   
  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.
The term “Organic” can be applied to a variety of subjects. I’m writing about “Organic Art“, and what that means to me as a concept, a style of art, preformed, and/or created by using an organic medium..
When you think of the term organic, you obviously first refer to something, usually food, that has been grown without chemicals. I think when referring to Art with the term Organic attached, we naturally will conjure up pictures in our minds of natural things, nature itself pictured in a landscape, a tree, or a bunch of freshly picked flowers, maybe even a basket of produce. Usually a piece of art that is flowing with natural shapes in it is termed “organic art”.
I first came across the concept of Organic Art while walking the creek bed behind my home in Malibu, Ca. I wanted to capture on canvas the feelings I had while hiking the trails, or exploring the creek. I wanted to convey my feelings of nature, something that had an innate natural organic look and feel. To take it a step further, I wanted to show the fundamentals, the grand picture of nature that we see daily, that are so strikingly familiar, yet absolutely biological in nature. On the other hand, I’m also intriqued by tiny hidden micro worlds just tucked below the surface. They are all macro or micro organic happenings, natural occurrences that also have to do with the passage of time. Time shows itself through rotted wood, new growth, strata levels in the side of a mountain wall, all these things show the evolution of our Earth, and the passage of time.
Now, mix these things with feelings of an artists emotion, or action, physical movement/emotion of a personal response to nature, and you have what I call….Organic Art. It is an artists response, natures movement through time, and that artists feelings, and responses. The concept forms a circle of thought….
1. Natures own movement
2. A artists acknowledgement
3. That artists physical actions, their movement/emotion
4. Organic art
Organic art can also be made “Organic” by the materials you are using. An artist might use Organic pigments, leaves, branches, plaster, or stones. I have used flowers, spices, bark, vegetables like broccoli, carrots, beets, and onions. Maybe it’s an art piece made in the environment itself, a hand built fence, or natural sculture. Organic art is open ended, and ultimately has to do with our world and environment, and an individual artist’s creative response.
For me, I find that creating abstract art with an “Organic” sensitivity lends itself to speak of the emotions involved, rather than painting a pretty sunset that we all recognize to be a sunset. The realistic landscape artist talks about the beauty of what they are painting. I am focusing on the emotions and feelings that my art represents. Organic art reeks of a certain familiarity, something very fundamental, and essential in our lives. My paintings convey the organic complexities, sometimes about the serenity, sometimes complex layering systems of decay. Living organisms ( us) responding to time and  to  the primitive, and tangible, evolution of our planet.
Organic art is rudimentary, it is essential, it’s primordial, supportive and vital. It might express itself in a piece of ceramic raku fired, a sculpture of twigs, or paint twisted, layered, weather beaten and aged. Organic art is all around us. Look at the car bumper rusted in a gorgeous swirl of burnt sienna, or the red paint peeling off the fence. Organic art is and always has been a part of our evolving planet, and our ever changing thoughts and emotions.
Organic artists leave me your thoughts, let’s keep this evolving topic open…..
To view some of my “Organic Art” paintings please visit my web site at…
Thanks for visiting…..Deb Haugen

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