January 31, 2020

Are we ready to see ourselves as part of nature?

Allan Renshaw, 59 | Katrine Rustad, 37

As a species, are we ready to take the radical steps of learning from our Mesolithic ancestors in Scotland to expand our ecological consciousness and make the necessary psychosomatic adaptations to increasingly see ourselves as part of nature?

Adopting an ecopsychology mindset, I’m in a unique position to grasp the meaning of the images as they emerge in my paintings whilst also having the ability to effectively communicate my work in a radical ecological context. My work originates from an era when ecological intelligence was our birthright – here in Mesolithic Scotland. Nothing like this is likely to ever have been presented outside of aboriginal art and indigenous culture. I’ve taken a vital, psycho-archaeological journey in painting across 10,000 years, connecting those who would look, to the profound ecological mind of nature. My oil paintings are ‘image-stories’ providing visceral experience through painting and word showing us a way of celebrating and restoring our intimate human identification with nature in a time of deep, ecological crisis. My psycho-archaeological interpretation of communication between worlds of the ancient Mesolithic, hunter-gatherer-fisher people and their lasting presence in places they once lived means I can bring this previously dormant knowledge to the surface again through my paintings at a crucial point in our human existence. My Heronlands series depicts present-day elements of the Scottish totemic landscape around me whilst my Whaleback series is a representation of our Mesolithic ancestors in ceremonial stories.

Return to Origins, 2019Oil on PanelSmallest: 300 mm x 300 mm, 1 m x 1 m & Largest: 3 m 33cm (triptych)