The Unknown Land

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My landscape explores the importance of place in people’s life. To paint the artwork initially I have to build a relationship with the natural environment. It is important to mention about place attachment to understand the thought processes involved.

Human’s life is set in certain space and this space of existence is called place.  Regarding the Oxford Dictionaries (2013) ‘place’ is defined as (1) a particular position, point, or area in space; a location, (2) a portion of space designated or available for or being used by someone.

Place of birth, growing up and then place where people settle down creates certain affection in people’s life. Within these spaces different metamorphosis occurs in individual’s life and personality. Experiences such as good memories, interactions with other people develop a strong relationship between place and human’s sense of identity (Dobrzynska, n.d.).

The bonding that occurs between individuals and their meaningful environments in psychology is called place attachment (Gifford and Scannell, 2010).Place attachment is concerned with geographic features, but also social and cultural values within the community.  It involves interaction of affects, emotions, actions and behaviors in environment, where the individual feels safe and comfortable.

There are many researchers from 1980’s such as Altman, Werner and Oxley that believed even ordinary activities of daily living build bonds with certain environment. Mazumadar drew attention to high number and diversity of the factors contributing to place attachment. He observed these aspects even in attachment of homeless people to the place they currently are (Bonnes et al., 2002).

Cheng and Monroe claim that connection to nature is an enjoyment, empathy for creatures, sense of unity and responsibility. As a species we came of age through daily and intimate connection with nature. Throughout the years, with all the technical development our lives became much easier, but at the same time our societies have separated us from the Nature and each other.  We are no longer developing our observational and sensory skills as people used to ages ago. Nature lost its place in our culture as it does not have a central role any more. People spend over 95% of their time indoors (Cohen, n.d.). People’s awareness of where the things come from, how the things look like, how they can use them decreases.  We can observe it especially in children lives as they spend 50% less time outdoors than twenty years ago (Ad Council, 2011).

As lots of researchers and academics recommend, people need to unplug and reconnect with Nature. We need to slow down with our lives and find time to relax. We need to unplug from normal life, full of distraction, problems and feeding with information. We need to learn to keep still, stop and reflect. We need to learn to discover things, not just having an access to an instant information. All nature is about exploring and discovering.