Natural Summer Inspiration June 21, 2017 15:25
Summer is finally back! Here in Iowa that means time outside in the sunshine (preferably near water), fast moving rain storms, and bugs. I will not be discussing bugs further, as I place bugs firmly in the “negative things of summer” column. Storms, sunshine, outdoors/nature, and water are always exciting and do inspire our art here at 7055 Inc. Some of our pieces are clearly inspired by nature. From what we have named them to how the pieces look, these pieces are clearly our interpretation of nature. I have three examples of these pieces. Then, I will share with you my more abstract interpretation of one of our pieces.
First, our Lightning which are sold as a matched set. Inspired by the summer rain storms and the crackling streaks that light up stormy skies. The main body of the two 35” by 5.5” panels have a distressed copper finish, which provide the backdrop for the lightning bolts. The lightning in these panels are created by cutting out the shape of the lightning which transitions into raindrops and are highlighted by colored foil.
Another obviously nature inspired piece is our desert sun. Every time I look at the Desert Sun I remember drawing pictures of the sun as a child. I would draw a circle with wavy lines radiating from my circle. The Desert Sun combines the whimsical imagined sun of childhood with an elegant distressed copper finish to create an eye-catching piece of art.
When I came across the quote “I have not tried to reproduce nature: I have represented it” by French artist Paul Cesanne, Dream Trees came to mind. 7055 Inc.’s Dream Trees are not necessarily the exact copy of any specific type of tree. Instead, they are more of a recognizable symbol that represents all trees. Furthering the idea of the symbolic trees, are the vivid colors and unique finishes of our Dream Trees from intense candy blue and candy red to more natural green and brown gradient to the distressed steel and copper finishes.
Most of the time you will see our Scars hung as tall narrow pieces. However, if you turn them 90 degrees to the left of right when you hang them, they look like waves to me. By hanging several together in a single color or in a combination of colors, you can create a look of reflections in waves
Maybe my interpretation of these pieces do not work for you because the suns you drew as a child only had straight lines radiating from them, or maybe you have actually seen a tree that look exactly like our Dream Tree in a candy blue color when walking through a park one night. I can only offer you my opinions as I see them. Regardless of how I describe these pieces, I hope we can agree that they do actually resemble things you see in nature during the summer season.