An Examination of True Self

Pictured: A Search For Liberation, 2013. Ink, oil, and pastel on panel, 48" x 48".

“The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use one's eyes...” 

George Sand (1804-1876)

As human beings, we identify with nature. At our foundation, we are as much a part of the landscape as the tree or bird; however, it is often difficult to maintain this elemental awareness in present day.  Life, for many, has become a continuous search for self-gratification and identification with the material world.  The contemporary mind’s focus is subjugated with desire and greed, resulting in continuous dissatisfaction. This body of work is a quest in search for a more sincere comprehension. With this intent, my work attempts to identify the self outside of external reference to human form and physicality. In consideration of our true, cellular origin, I take inspiration from the sea.

This work is influenced from several late nineteenth century Romantic artists. I find great companionship in their united apprehension toward industrialism and reverence to the sublime in nature.


© 2016 Katie Boatman