Human/Nature | Skillshare Projects

Lindsay Curren

Embracing the historical moment.




I'm posting my project in reverese order now, with the most recent step at the top.

Four versions of one word

Here's my "four renderings of one word from my quote" study. I used "nature" from my quote, "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin." I'm mortified of the fifth attempt on the side and abandoned it like yesterday's trash. But the rest is fine with me and I'm glad my project is progressing.

Mood Board for Human / Nature

Inspiration associations

The story behind my quote

I'm really motivated by the idea of choosing a quote that is meaningful to me. Yet I had a hard time finding one that was both meaningful and simple — or rather concise — enough to be a few words, say much, and express what concerns me.

In the end I chose "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin," which is from a speech by Ulysses from Shakespeare's play Troillus and Cressida. I chose this to express my passion for nature and how we're bonded to one another through nature both in how we use its resources, but also how we enjoy its awesome beauty and many pleasures.*

I'm an energy conservationist, which doesn't sound very sexy. But for me, consciousness of energy — where our current finite resources of coal, oil, gas, and other fossil fuels come from, how they're extracted, how they're embedded in all that we do, and the repurcussions of that — is the most important story behind every story in our times.

Essentially, energy is nature transformed into magnified fuel for all we wish to do, whether as fuel energy, or as resource materials (trees for paper and wood furnishings, oil for plastic, food to eat, metals for machinery and conductivity, etc.)

But when we consume without consciousness, we consume without appreciation for where things come from, and what impact we make when we extract materials.

Sadly, conversations around this are often emotionally heated. No one wants to be accused of being "unconscious" and those who point out such unconsciousness feel accused of being scolders and self-righteous.

For that reason I'm looking to the olive branch as a the visual source of nature for this quote. Being the traditional sign of bridging alienation and making peace, I want it to symbolize how we're "all kin."

*In my research for the Shakespeare quote, I found this interesting analysis of the quote,  which in part states that everyone misinterprts this quote; that it's not a quote about finding brotherhood at all, but one in which people prize the immediate present, and all that glitters, over that which is enduring.

Clearly I fell into the "misapplication" of meaning that this quote is subject to, wherein I use it to mean our collective finding of that which endures, and that which is meaningfully orbiting around our shared love of earth/nature. Since this is supposed to be a mistake that bestows a badge of honor, I'll continue to use it in that fashion as I develop this project.


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