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The Art of Biophilia: Extraordinary Mosaics Incorporating Earth's Most Colorful Creatures


The Art of Biophilia: Extraordinary Mosaics Incorporating Earth's Most Colorful Creatures | Brain Pickings

The Art of Biophilia: Extraordinary Mosaics Incorporating Earth's Most Colorful Creatures | Brain Pickings

The Art of Biophilia: Extraordinary Mosaics Incorporating Earth's Most Colorful Creatures | Brain Pickings

The Art of Biophilia: Extraordinary Mosaics Incorporating Earth's Most Colorful Creatures | Brain Pickings

The Art of Biophilia: Extraordinary Mosaics Incorporating Earth's Most Colorful Creatures | Brain Pickings

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These are beautiful! What's the backstory?

Back:

That passionate love of aliveness and that exulted awareness of the citizenry of all beings is what artist, designer, and photographer Christopher Marley captures in Biophilia (public library) — an exquisite collection of his artwork incorporating various life-forms, from insects to reptiles to marine creatures. A modern-day Ernst Haeckel of photographic art, Marley painstakingly arranges his specimens into mesmerizing patterns and stages them for individual portraits that reveal the dazzling grandeur of these humble creatures, from butterflies that would’ve made Nabokov proud to fish that outshine the greatest natural history illustrations.

Sweet. This definitely fits my Things Organized Neatly stash. 

Behind the back:

Marley, a self-described “chronically afflicted biophiliac,” writes:

It is our biophilia that causes us to find so much beauty and satisfaction in nature. We do not love nature because it is beautiful; we find beauty in nature because we are a part of it, and it is a part of us.

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It is a symbiotic relationship. The more we grow in understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the more we invest in it, the greater the peace, satisfaction, and joy we receive from our association in return, just as we involuntarily develop love for those people we truly understand and serve. As with all ordained goodness, the more we give, the more we receive.

That goodness permeates Marley’s work. After growing up in a family of hunters, he developed an aversion to killing any creature — even an insect — and spent years developing ethical, sustainable ways of collecting and preserving the specimens he uses in his artwork, working with a worldwide network of researchers, citizen scientists, and institutions.

"We find beauty in nature because we are a part of it."

I love that!

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