What is art? Nature concentrated. -Honore de Balzac
Recently I was so, so lucky to tag a long with my very dear friend, Aggelige, who runs the inspiring shop in the airstream trailer-Organic Designs by Aggelige-at The Camp in Costa Mesa. She is moving her planting space to a greenhouse so she can continue to make her amazing artistic creations rain or shine. We had a fun time playing in and out of her beautiful new workspace. I can’t wait to go back and see it full of life.
Aggelige’s friendship is that crossover area in two worlds of my life’s Venn diagram. She is my own personal art consultant, realist and accomplice to all things essential.
Looking for the above quote, I ran across this interesting perspective on art is nature. All the more reason to let her designs in to your life.
“One of the implications of The Origin of Species is that traditional
plant and animal breeding are fine arts. In the late 19th and early 20th
centuries, writers, philosophers, and plant breeders speculated about this
kind of art.  Edward Steichen, who devoted much of his income from
photography to plant breeding, exhibited hybrid delphiniums at the Museum of
Modern Art in 1936. He believed that this exhibit confirmed plant breeding
as a fine art.  However, the traumas of World War II and the Holocaust
reduced genetics to the more-or-less exclusive property of medicine,
science, business, and government, and for four decades no artist that I
know of experimented again with plant breeding as an art.”
“Most of us, and especially children, are fascinated by
plants and animals. According to the biophilia hypothesis this may have a
genetic basis.  While the structures and ontologies of our bodies
accommodate technology, first and foremost they are tuned to savannahs,
forests, and the sea. Anyone who wants to know more about themselves would
do well to spend more time with plants and animals – wild, domesticated, and
genetically engineered as well.”