As the consciousness of human beings developed, flowers were most likely the first thing they came to value that had no utilitarian purpose for them, that is to say, was not linked in some way to survival. They provided inspiration to countless artists, poets, and mystics.

Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature. The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness. The feelings of joy and love are intrinsically connected to that recognition. Without our fully realizing it, flowers would become for us an expression in form of that which is most high, most sacred, and ultimately formless within ourselves. Flowers, more fleeting, more ethereal and more delicate than the plants out of which they emerged, would become like messengers from another realm, like a bridge between the world of physical forms and the formless.

Using the word “enlightenment” in a wider sense than the conventionally accepted one, we could look upon flowers as the enlightenment of plants.They have been preparing the ground for a more profound shift in planetary consciousness that is destined to take place in the human species. This is the spiritual awakening that we are beginning to witness now.

Eckhart Tolle - A new earth - 2005

Never miss a dull moment

In the silence of nature

Can art be A.R.T.?

During my photographic exploration of plant forms, I realized that I was working to create a form for A.R.T. (Attention Restoration Therapy, Rachel and Steffen Kaplan). A.R.T. states that nature has the ability to renew our attention after the consumption of spiritual energy. It is claimed, that exposure to nature or even images of nature can help to improve focus and our ability to concentrate.

Never miss a dull moment aims to create A.R.T. through photography and video collages and bring to live a new fascination and respect with the viewer. In my work I refer to the botanist Friederich Wilhelm Benedikt Hofmeister and the philosopher Søren Aabye Kierkegaard.

This long-term project aims to create A.R.T. for today's “distant-to-nature” society and find new forms within it's consumption of photo and video art.

This project is partly funded by the Denkzeit Stipendium from Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen