Not all of Baltimore artist Beth Hoeckel’s collages feature plants. In fact, most of the best ones don’t. But some do, and that’s enough for me! Throughout all of Hoeckel’s work, there runs a deep sense of being amazed at the grandness of the universe, as evidenced in her Point of View series, which depicts people from all walks of life staring in awe at various natural vistas, be it the moon, a mountain, the sky or the ocean, sometimes larger than the landscape and often times dwarfed by it.
To me, the images below represent our strange, frequently confused struggle to interact with and find our place in the natural world. We are fascinated by nature, but also scared of it. Hence the image of a woman awkwardly kissing a cactus, and three others showing women surrounded by larger-than-life plants, staring existentially off into the distance. How many of us have felt this way, overwhelmed by a simple task such as caring for a houseplant or reseeding a lawn? Daily we are asked to interact with a world that we grow increasingly distant from. Plant Propaganda is about helping to close that gap.
Or maybe I’m just reading too much into all this. But it’s my blog, and I’m allowed to.
Art © Beth Hoeckel
For more collages, please visit her website.