Sunday, April 14, 2013

order from chaos



"Seeing clearly in a chaotic situation is the means by which an artist becomes a participant and gains control. It is the difference between a ship sinking or sailing in rough seas. I cannot change the force, but I can be witness to it. The intention is not to tame the chaos but to tap its energy," writes British environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy in his book “Stone.”

All of our lives fall into chaos from time to time, our workplaces become unbearable, loved ones become ill, but somehow we endure holding tight to the tiller.

In the case of the ethereal work pictured above, Goldsworthy looked at a section of the forest floor in the autumn, saw the haphazard, higgledy-piggledy disarray of the fallen elm leaves and rearranged them, creating something of amazing cosmic beauty.

Thus poising the proverbial question: Do we live in a random, chaotic universe or one of truly sublime order?

2 comments:

Aby(Abhishek)... The lost Soul said...

"I cannot change the force, but I can be witness to it. The intention is not to tame the chaos but to tap its energy". Wow what a thought. Your blog is becoming a part of my daily routine :>)

Stephen Lyn Bales said...

Well hello again Aby.

So good to hear from you again from India. It must be morning there. Thanks for your comment. I'm so glad you visit my blog. Andy Goldsworthy is one of my favorite artist. I love that quote by him. He's in tune.

Enjoy your day. Make sure you spend a little time outdoors.