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Collage’s Song of Nature

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“…the expansiveness of the heavens, the song of nature, the breezes, the fragrance of the grasses—like a great breathing, deep, harmonious, elemental, cosmic.”

–Joseph Cornell

(Source: Joseph Cornell Papers, Archives of American Art, 1059: 352, Sept. 21-22, 1951)

In September 1951, the artist Joseph Cornell and his brother Robert spent about a month at their sister’s farm in the Hamptons of Long Island. At that period, the Hamptons were largely rural; suburban development had not yet begun there. Cornell drew great sustenance and inspiration from his walks in the woods, on the seashore, and at night. Doubtless he also found support for his dictum “collage = reality” in the grand collage of the natural world, the song of nature transmuted into solid form.

Song of Nature (2012). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

The Hamptons and many other former woodlands are now suburbs. Yet refuges remain where we can hear elemental nature’s song, and again breathe in harmony with the cosmos.

(All artwork, descriptions, & other text [except for quotations] created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.)


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AVCr8teur August 28, 2012, 10:33 pm

Like yours and Mr. Cornell’s artwork, both are quite creative and make the audience ponder its message.

Eric Edelman August 28, 2012, 10:45 pm

Thank you very much–that’s one of the nicest compliments I’ve ever had!

alissa apel August 28, 2012, 10:35 pm

Such a cool story to go along with the art.

Eric Edelman August 29, 2012, 12:14 am

Thanks, for your kind comment and your visit, Alissa!

jessica @peekababy August 28, 2012, 10:48 pm

It would be so much fun if musical instruments sprouted flowers on a regular basis!

Eric Edelman August 28, 2012, 10:53 pm

Yes it would, Jessica…preferably different flowers for different keys! Thanks very much for your comment.

Mary August 28, 2012, 11:06 pm

Hey Eric, I really, really like this one! I love the deep greens of nature in the background that contrast with the black and white man. And You definitely make a statement about the creative sides of life (music, butterflies, excellence in candlestick making, in short, the creativity God has gifted us each with) through the explosion of color and flowers. I know I could certainly use a good walk through the woods to think right now!
I did smile with your post being about nature. I posted shots of a lightning storm. Nature must be a good theme this week.
Very nice!

Eric Edelman August 29, 2012, 12:19 am

Thanks for your kind and thoughtful comment, Mary. Nature’s an excellent theme this week; I think it’s because so many of us are coming off of summer vacations and weekends outdoors. So we feel it’s the last hurrah before fall and winter steal in and pin us indoors. So blogging on nature is a way to bottle it for ourselves till next year. I liked your photographs of lightning; very beautiful and dramatic!

Danielle @ Royalegacy August 28, 2012, 11:24 pm

I love the butterfly on his forehead.

Eric Edelman August 29, 2012, 12:23 am

Thanks, Danielle! The butterfly (or rather moth) on his head originated with a collage I did many years ago, which was based on another, very similar engraving of the same man. It was black and white, and I’d also put a colored butterfly or moth upside down on his head, mainly for whimsical reasons. So this is a sort of salute to the older collage.

stevebethere August 29, 2012, 12:23 am

Cracking one again this week quite amusing too 🙂

Eric Edelman August 29, 2012, 12:32 am

So it is, Steve…just saw it on bethere2day. The sad part of it is that it’s also quite true!

Robin from Israel August 29, 2012, 2:07 am

Wonderful, vibrant colors. I love the feel of this one.

Eric Edelman August 29, 2012, 9:20 am

Thanks very much, Robin!

Wayne August 29, 2012, 3:31 am

A very interesting piece.

Eric Edelman August 29, 2012, 9:21 am

Thanks, Wayne!

Daryl - My Eyes August 29, 2012, 4:39 am

Quite wonderful .. your collages always inspire thinking .. a good thing

Eric Edelman August 29, 2012, 9:29 am

Thank you so much, Daryl! I appreciate your kind comment, and I’m glad you find them thought-provoking.

Judy Haughton-James August 29, 2012, 8:02 am

Love the message! There is nothing like a nature walk. Thanks for hosting and Happy WW!

Eric Edelman August 29, 2012, 9:33 am

Thanks, Judy! Yes, there is nothing quite like a nature walk…though, as you see, my friend prefers to sit and listen to nature’s song. Happy WW to you as well!

Colleen@LooseLeafNotes August 29, 2012, 9:24 am

This is my kind of art. Delightful!

Eric Edelman August 29, 2012, 9:35 am

Thank you so much, Colleen! Have a great WW!

Leovi August 29, 2012, 5:29 pm

Good composition of colors.

Eric Edelman August 29, 2012, 6:56 pm

Thanks, Leovi!

Lori August 29, 2012, 9:24 pm

I like the combinination of black and white and vivid colour. Also the linear textures and patterns. He is so deep in thought that he hasn’t noticed the butterfly in his face:)

Eric Edelman August 29, 2012, 9:41 pm

Might it not be that the butterfly is part of his face? 😉 Maybe he’s a butterfly-minded kind of guy…

Thanks for your kind comment, Lori!

NCSue (I follow back!) September 1, 2012, 5:02 am

Thank you for visiting Wordless Wednesday at I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your photo this past week! And please visit this week’s Observing Beauty linky, too – it’s up and running!
I hope to see you again soon.
Have a great week,

Eric Edelman September 1, 2012, 7:32 pm

Thanks, Sue–will do! And thanks for your visit.

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