Spirit of Nature

Spirit of Nature refers to the vulnerable but powerful spirit of nature. In a poetic way, the artist combines two disciplines: photography and watercolor painting. Merel Huisink makes the invisible energy observable by imagining the aura around contours of natural elements. With her images, she wants to make the viewer aware of the pure cosmic consciousness.

The entire universe is a big sea of energy, where everything is connected. Far before Christ,
this life energy was already philosophized about. In the ancient Taoist cosmology, the
concept of Chi was defined as an all-encompassing energy. Chi is the air we breathe and
the invisible force that animates the form of living beings, stars, mountains, forests and
rivers. It is a dynamic energy that transforms itself into the matter and is able to flow back as
immaterial energy. This infinite interaction between energy and matter connects heaven and earth.

Chi is always and everywhere in motion. In modern terms, Chi can refer to the radiation of
the stars in the form of light and the electromagnetic force. In the natural sciences too, centuries
have been theorized about the source of life and the origin of everything. Einstein devised
the formula for the multidimensional world, which was eventually named as the Special
Relativity formula. He said about the underlying laws of the universe: 'everything is energy'.
That means that all matter is, in fact, a tangible form of energy. The universe, the
atmosphere, nature, animals, and people are permeated with life energy. Living beings
consist of a physical body and a shining energy body. Everything that lives is surrounded by
a form of energy which is also called the aura.

Fine art photographer Merel Huisink (1991, Haarlem) focuses in her work on the aura in
nature. The photo series Spirit of Nature refers to the vulnerable but powerful spirit in
nature. In a poetic way, Huisink combines two disciplines: photography and watercolor
painting. She makes the invisible energy perceptible by imagining the aura around the
contours of natural elements. In her artwork, the veil between the perishable and the
invisible world fades away. With her images, she wants to make the viewer aware of the pure
cosmic consciousness, in order to give the spectator an experience of a deeper connection
with the natural environment.