Runic Inscription 2003


Place: Sweden. Material: Wood and color. Category: Nature art installation. Concept: In art we find many images of nature. How Images of nature varies is often related to general values in societies. How we look upon nature and how we reproduce nature in art is continuously changing. In pictures, nature usually pose as a front for figures and scenarios, here we can see how a motif of animals has become a front for nature. This is a game where the motif, the art and nature itself have changed positions.
Nature as a motif: If we study motifs of nature, 1700th century (A.D) is an example of radical changes in this area. Before this century the images of nature in paintings had many symbolic meanings. But during the coming decade a radical change developed in society, and with this, the images of nature also changed. To paint a tree had no longer a symbolic meaning (as the tree of life).
Trees were now a background to sceneries in the foreground. A marginal value: Even today we image nature as a background or rather a stereotype for something marginal and common. And this is how it is! Nature has become a stereotype for common values today. How do this stereotypes look like? Do we expect something from them? We may find answers to these questions if we take a closer look at tourism… With tourism we focus on experience. It is expected to experience something when we meet nature. Is it possible for nature to respond to all expectations we have created. Change of position: Have our expectations of what we can experience in nature become disproportional big in relations to what nature actually is?