Peruse art museums enough and you’ll find yourself wandering through the galleries displaying modern abstracts. These interpretations of the world through the eyes of artists interested in seeing form but not the content can be interesting, puzzling, compelling, disgusting, confusing and sometimes infantile. Nonetheless they are usually genuine attempts to portray a world seen by the few in order to enlighten the masses.
Turns out many times you don’t have to visit art galleries or museums. You can simply seek out what Nature provides as views to an alternative world. One great place to experience this is Yellowstone, particularly around the geyser basins. Minerals come up from deep in the earth and provide concentrated colors as they precipitate on the surface. Microorganisms that thrive on unusual elements pigment their surroundings as if in a display of virility. Moving water creates paths for expression and form in order to display the changing nature of the planet.
If the abstract artist creates based on a vision unique to their personal perception of the world around them, what are we to make of Nature’s abstracts in the actual world?