been a lot said about art and how fleeting or permanent it can be.
Some artists never get the recognition they deserve while they’re
still alive, some only get a glimpse and others get to enjoy the fame
and fortune that might come with being a popular artists of their
generation. Art itself also has different timelines. Some art is
considered genius at the time of it’s creation only to be forgotten
with the years to come, other pieces of art are often found old and
dusty only to be exhibited in art galleries and be displayed in all
their glory for ages.
there’s performance art, that only exists while the performance is
happening and never again. But land art is a thing of it’s own.
It’s unique, it’s hard to put into any sort of box, it just is
and you can either enjoy it while it lasts or not.
Jon Foreman is an land artist who lives in Pembrokeshire, Wales. He discovered art when he was in college and immediately fell in love with it. The idea of creating art out of natural materials and just getting lost in the process is very appealing to him. Jon predominantly works with stones on beaches. Lucky for him, there where he lives in has plenty of beached with lots of rocks on them so he has no problem finding materials.
it comes to inspiration – Jon says he rarely has a full picture in
his head. He just goes to the beach and prepares to spend about 4
hours there creating a piece of art. Sometimes he will go there with
a vague idea of what he wants to create, other times he will have no
ideas at all and will just start doing something and see where it
takes him. Often times even when he has an idea he’s still
surprised with the end result.
just loves the process. To him, creating these beautiful rock
sculptures on the beach is a meditative process, it keeps him sane
and calm and grounded. He says it’s been really good for his mental
health. There’s a freedom in just going for something and enjoying
the process and being spontaneous without needing to follow a plan or
having any rules.
also doesn’t mind the fact that his land art isn’t going to be
there forever. He knows that the next day the tide will wash away his
sculptures and arrangements. But that doesn’t bother him. It’s just
like nature is giving him a new fresh canvas. Jon says that the fact
that his art is temporary and has a very short-lived life makes it
that much more special to him.
Occasionally he will get some negative feedback from people who say that his art might be disrupting the life of creatures who live on the beach but Jon doesn’t let it bother him. He says it’s ridiculous to think that gathering rocks on the beach into a specific formation can disrupt nature, especially when you consider the fact that the tide will wash it away soon. To Jon, land art is the purest form of art, everything about it is natural, both the canvas and the materials and nature itself gets to interfere with it.