Nature-related, abstract, mixed-media in both two and three dimensions is the emphasis of my work. Wood, sticks, found objects, collage and acrylic on canvas are the mediums I utilize. Working with diverse mediums allows me the freedom to go in many directions, intuitively creating each piece.
My art is a manifestation of growing up in rural Wisconsin. As a child I spent many hours in the woods, my safe haven, away from the chaos and uncertainty of my dysfunctional world. The trees surrounded me with stability, strength, and a peace I did not have within my own home.
What spurs me to create is my response to nature. For me art is life, it is all around me, its colors, its magnificence. I believe that one of the functions of art is to teach man to see the beauties of nature and of God who created it. I love this famous quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life,–no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground,–my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space,–all mean egotism vanishes. I became a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part and parcel of God” (Nature, 1836).
Arlene Coffeen Profile