"RAVEL"

GROUP EXHIBITION 2021

Ravel, with nature, by the light of the sea.

From phytoplankton filled turquoise coloured seas with resident dolphins and electric blue bioluminescent algae, to endless star-filled and colourful skies, double rainbows and cloud formations, the natural phenomena surreal. Bushy coastal landscapes and a myriad of wildlife on land and in the sea, there was always something to be awestruck by, feel good and connect with.

Biologist Edward O. Wilson introduced the Biophilia hypothesis, which suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. He proposed the possibility that these deep affiliations humans have are rooted in our biology.

According to the Aborigines, a connection to country, to nature, in which everything that lives is entwined with and linked to every other living thing, is a source of life and light. The benefits of nature are ancient wisdom to Indigenous people.

We're just catching up.

A growing body of research points to how immersion in nature benefits your health - physically, mentally, and emotionally; it's an antidote for stress. It can lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels, reduce nervous system arousal, enhance immune system function, increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and improve mood.

And according to one study of 20,000 people, a minimum of two hours a week is required either at once or over several visits in blue or green spaces.

Nature, naturally entwined with and connected to, sustains, inspires, humbles and heals me; I only had to walk this way.

(some text cited from Wikipedia, Yale School of Environment, Phosphorescence Julia Baird)