Morning Altars: To process grief, he makes beautiful earth art and lets nature wash it away latest news-breaking news
Day Schildkret has made more than 1000 works of art from small objects found in nature For these artists across Canada, nature is more than a muse or subject: nature is an artistic collaborator, directly engaged in the process of making art and deepening ...
For these artists across Canada, nature is more than a muse or subject: nature is an artistic collaborator, directly engaged in the process of making art and deepening our understanding of the natural world around us. In Natural Collaborators, we meet artists who share creative control with the wild. The wind, the trees, the grass, the plants, the sun — they're all potential partners in art-making, and what they have to express could surprise you.
As a way of processing big emotions and marking significant moments in time, artist Day Schildkret is turning to the natural world to merge art-making with ritual. He calls his art "Morning Altars" — geometric-shaped impermanent earth altars made from various objects he finds in nature, such as leaves, flowers, feathers and stones.
This practice started about a decade ago for Schildkret. He was experiencing back-to-back losses in his life: the death of his father and a massive breakup. While out for a walk with his dog, he was captivated by a cluster of amber-coloured mushrooms under a nearby eucalyptus tree. He collected them and began assembling them into what would become the first "Morning Altar."