Biophilic art: are we really separate from the rest of nature?
Rise of Biophilic Art
In a lot of spaces, offices, and homes, as well as on social media platforms, such as Instagram, Pinterest, etc. we can notice an increasing popularity of art concerning nature and plants. Such style, or rather a type, of art is called biophilic art.
Moreover, biophilic, or organic, art confronts our idea of human connection with nature – are we as separate from it as we often believe? It engages our senses and their experiences, showing us how present we could and should be in nature, in which we are rooted. But where did it come from? Why should we introduce it to our homes and offices?
The Origin of Biophilic Art
The origin of the idea can be found in the biophilia hypothesis. It suggests that human beings intuitively seek connections with nature. It was popularized by Edward O. Wilson, an American biologist, in 1984. He argued that people and our behaviors or ways of thinking are rooted in nature. Wilson compared this to humans' innate fear of snakes and spiders – biophobia. If nature, or its parts, can repel us and arouse feelings of anxiety and panic, the opposite must also be true. Multiple elements of nature are beneficial for humans, we must therefore be connected to them in some way and seek contact with them.
The Impact of Biophilic Art on Humans
However nowadays, we spend most of our time in superficial and fake environments of office buildings, schools, universities, stores, etc. – lacking in organic and natural elements that stimulate our senses. They do not offer much for our senses, often rather amplify or contribute to our stressful lives with their atmosphere and looks – white cubes with artificial lighting, people rushing everywhere.
Here, the biophilic art and design enters – bringing us the natural and organic shapes, colors, and textures, that vitalize us, promoting human health – mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical. It brings us closer to nature and connects us with plants, animals, natural landscapes, and light. It is said to improve our overall well-being and bring peace to our overstimulated and anxious minds and bodies.
Many studies showcased that being in nature and being surrounded by green trees and other plants, can positively influence our health – it can bring relief to our overworked, from constant screens, eyes or tame the never-ending stress and pressure overtaking our lives.
Even though the central goal of biophilic art is to showcase the fusion of nature and human-made environments, mostly in an urban context, there are some examples of biophilic art that do not necessarily do so, yet bring humans the needed experience of nature into their lives.
Such examples can be landscapes, artworks with plants, such as trees, flowers, and leaves, or even abstract art in calming, earthy colors, e.g. natural browns, greens, and whites, with the use of naturalistic and organic shapes. Paintings such as these, bring people direct contact with nature through visualization of it.
SHOP: “Rendez-vous” by Yvonne Vacha
The viewer can feel the pulling connection to trees, flowers, or a beautiful painting of a sea, and feel more calm. Biophilic art also grounds its consumers and reminds them of the importance of being in the present – taking a deep breath and letting your emotions pass you by, not being consumed by them.
SHOP: “Warm Evening” by Irina Pronina
Because of those reasons, we all should implement more organic and biophilic art in our environments, let it be offices or houses. We need to be reminded of our connection to nature – our roots. In the world of technology, constant development, and urbanization, we must take the time to remember where we come from and truly ground ourselves in the natural world. We are not separate from it – we are a part of it and it is a part of us.
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