Lynn Anderson Fine Art

Fearless Citadel of Creativity


Connecting With MoonTree Studios & Gallery

I discovered a “fearless citadel of creativity” at MoonTree Studios & Gallery. Following the suggestion of a friend, I contacted the director and manager, and experienced a delightful connection. This led to an opportunity to exhibit my abstract fine art photography this spring.  The solo show,  Emergence: Touching The Infinite Source of Being, opened April 16 ran through May 28th, 2016.

Release

Release

MoonTree Studios and Gallery is a perfect setting for artists and creative folk to experience support for their creative urges. Incorporating “artful ecological living” amid the tranquil Indiana prairie, anyone who visits MoonTree Studios & Gallery is renewed by the relaxing and reflective atmosphere. Situated in the rural landscape of northern Indiana, the studio & gallery is a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and a part of The Center at Donaldson in Plymouth, Indiana.

Facilitators lead intensive art experiences encompassing a wide range of art disciplines, for all who wish to explore their creative side. Contemplative prayer and yoga sessions, individual and group retreats, nature walks, and one-on-one creative experiences are all possible here. In this setting, spirits are reawakened. Imagination is inspired with gallery exhibits that change every six weeks.

What a delight to discover this citadel of creativity! Since I photograph the abstracted intimate landscape, this tranquil setting, coupled with of care-for-the earth philosophy and value of creative self expression work perfectly for me. Our connection was synchronicity in motion! Learn more about MoonTree Studios.

Connection With My Work – Artist Statement

Throughout my life, time spent in nature has connected me to an infinite source of aliveness and renewal.  Overtime, and through a process of exploration, I discovered my visual voice in abstract botanic photography. I choose my subject matter–colorful autumn leaves, flowers, and cacti—from walks through neighborhoods, gardens, forests and parks in the Midwest, Southwest, and Pacific Northwest.  I am inspired by the natural world which continues to flourish independent of external admiration. Each seems to grow and thrive from within.  I am reminded of spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle’s words, “nature teaches us how to “be.”

Afterglow

Afterglow

I believe the hidden and unseen has power. I seek to encourage new ways of seeing which can transport viewers beyond this immediate literal reality. I am reminded of both Freud and Einstein’s contributions in their respective fields. Both identify complex forces at work which underlie our ordinary ways of perceiving. Thus, while autumn leaves can display a spectrum of vibrant color, the forest backdrop from which they emerge conveys a wondrous, mysterious energy.

I seek to capture this unseen yet frequently sensed vitality in my photography. For this reason I experiment with uncertainty and purposely abandon the clear focus of the camera lens. I look for complex compositions with complementary and contrasting backgrounds, and intriguing lines and shapes. I find that the background is just as important as the subject matter, since the flower emerges from the wholeness–the infinite sense of being.

While realistic imagery can be artistic, conceptual and beautiful, a crisp, clear photograph is often taken for what it is. It presents a clear description in time. Usually, it documents and clarifies details in external reality. Yet, it leaves little room for viewer’s to connect with their imagination and creativity. I want my viewer to work a little bit, and encourage a meditative sensitivity within. In this way it may be possible to encourage a deeper exploration of the “dream of ourselves,” to go beyond distinctions, where everything exists as one unified whole.

I follow in the footsteps of many past and contemporary photographers who use the medium to push the limits to reveal the world in new ways. Photography captures the juxtaposition of what will go on forever and what will change in an instant. I resonate with Ulrich Baer’s words, a contemporary scholar who has written on the history and theory of photography, that “abstract art explores the gap between seeing and knowing.”1  This gap interests me. It is what poets explore when they use words to capture metaphors that reach beyond the thinking mind.

Fairy Tale

Fairy Tale

Since the goal of fine art is to touch a viewer’s inner being, and “move their soul,” I leave just enough of what is real to become a touchstone for what is lyrical and expressive. Just like a poem with perhaps a general line or shape of a oak leaf.  As I work, I am open to “happy experiments”  and unexpected surprises.  While the work may feel like mine, it is not mine. Rather, it belongs to that infinite sense of being and simply “passes through.”

I am happy to have discovered MoonTree Studios & Gallery with it’s varied creative resources. I urge others to take the time to explore its imaginative offerings. I am pleased to have the opportunity to exhibit Emergence in such a delightful setting.  May this and many future MoonTree Studios & Gallery offerings nurture your creative responses.

1. Ulrich Baer, Spectral Evidence, The Photography of Trauma (Cambridge, Mas. MIT Press, 2002), pp. 124-125.

 

 

The Space Between Now and Next