How to spot lost world art in the wild
Lost world art is a phenomenon.
But the art is disappearing fast.
It is one of those areas of natural world that has been forgotten by the scientific community, with very few research projects looking into it.
A new book aims to change that, with a focus on lost world arts and their impact on nature and society.
The Lost World Art and Natural World Art Collection by Sara Gartrell explores what makes these pieces so powerful and unique, and how they have impacted our cultural heritage.
“It’s been lost in time, but I think that we’ve made it through,” says Gartrels co-author, David Moulton, an artist based in Sydney.
“It has been around for thousands of years.
And it’s been a real testament to the power of nature and the importance of human beings.”
Lost world arts in the wild are considered to be one of the most valuable and culturally significant natural heritage items in the world.
They’re so important that some species are extinct and others are threatened by humans, yet they’ve survived because they are unique.
“They are one of our most important cultural treasures because they’re not in nature,” says Dr Michael Rundle, a senior lecturer in natural history at the University of Sydney.
“The natural world is what makes up our world.”
“There are so many beautiful things about nature that we don’t understand.
We are lost in the natural world.”
These are the worlds where people can see themselves, and the landscapes they see, and where their ideas and behaviours are shaped by these natural spaces.
In a study published in Nature, researchers at the Australian National University and the University at Adelaide, found that the visual language of natural art and natural landscape is so distinct and recognisable that it has influenced how people experience the natural environment.
“The natural landscape itself has an enormous impact on human perception and how we live and think about our environment,” says co-lead author Dr Andrew Stinson.
Stinson is also an expert in lost world paintings.
A lost world artist in the art gallery: The story of Sara Gartruff article “When I started working on this book, I was shocked,” he says.
“I didn’t think there was any hope that people would have this understanding of the natural landscape and the way people perceive it.”
But Gartrillons research has shown that the nature landscape has a profound impact on how people think about their own behaviour.
‘I think that people will be fascinated’The research found that, by the age of 20, a person will be a lost world painter.
They’ll have been taught to be fascinated by natural landscapes, and they’ll know how to use their art as a tool to explore the natural worlds around them.
“[People will] be fascinated,” says Stinson, adding that they will be drawn in to the way the natural landscapes work and feel.
“In a way, it’s not surprising that people who have lost their sense of perspective in their lives will see things differently.
They have this sense of what’s natural and what’s not, but they also have a sense of where the world is.”
What makes lost world painting so interesting is that they’re about creating a different kind of art.
“I think there’s this underlying quality that is intrinsic to their work, and that’s what we like to think of as lost world,” says Moulston.
But, as the title of the book suggests, lost world artists don’t just paint in the water or create natural landscapes.
They also have the power to change how we understand our environment.
Moulton is the author of the blog Art for Art, which describes how people in Australia can use their skills as an artist to change their own world.
Lost world art and natural world art are more important than ever in our world, he says, with more people going to art galleries and museums.
“It would be hard to imagine a time when we wouldn’t see the importance in these kinds of artistic endeavours, and if we do, it would be quite shocking,” he said.
The Lost World Arts Collection is published by Macmillan Australia.