Born in the 1960’s in the United States, Land Art, also known as Earth Art or Earthworks, doesn’t require canvases, paintbrushes, musical notes, cameras, or even words.
Inspiration and the materials of Land Art
Scenery, animals, seasons… Nature has always been a key source of inspirations for artists.
Mineral pigments, wood, horsehair, bamboo, ivory… Nature has also been a fountain of resources in the production of tools, utensils, instruments and materials necessary to artistic practices. Land Art is driven by an entirely different ambition than that of exploiting nature: Land Art brings out the art in nature, using nature as its playground and expressing itself uniquely with nature itself.
« The mission is not to copy nature, but to express it » (Honoré de Balzac)
If contemporary art leaves many of us guessing, the current expression of Land Art can only amaze us.
“To move art out of art galleries and museums” is the reason Land Art exists. The creations born from this practice are not paintings, reproductions, or musical compositions. It is done without the aid of palettes or brushes.
Rocks, snow drifts, pieces of wood, and sandy beaches: Land Art becomes through sculpting, by digging, scratching, moving, planting and setting the scene… to give birth to new life to art made exclusively of natural materials in a natural environment.
A link between art and biotechnologies?
Nature and the Living unite the two: Land Art draws from their materials to make its playground of creation, in the same places where biotechnology draw their raw materials.
Nature inspires some and provides for others.
It gives colors and textures to some, and provides its active ingredients to others.
To this end, Land Art and biotechnology can both be considered as signs of a new era, an era in which the Living, in its entirety continues to expand, in total harmony.