Forests are landscapes with rich mythological histories. From the
ancient times of animism, in which trees were believed to be gods, to
pantheism, in which trees were believed to house gods and spirits, to
multiple cultures considering woodlands to be sacred spaces, forests
have been portrayed as part of the natural world having spiritual
significance for man.
Such spiritual significance is demonstrated in art history, in which the
landscape has been used as a metaphor for God. The different
appearances of the art works depend on which interpretation of God is
being referenced. There is God the benevolent Creator and source of all
life, the God of wrath and fury, the distant God who set the natural laws
in motion and allows them to play out , and more.
The forest landscape as God in my work is primarily a vibrant
environment in which humans move freely and with ease. This is
where man’s spiritual essence, unencumbered by physicality, lives and
moves and has its being. Though the visualization of such woodland
spiritual activity may seem eery at first, the realization of man’s place in
nature takes hold, as one embarks on A Walk in the Woods.