Nick Neddo: Organic Art, Organic ArtistsJacquie Rosenbach
“As I learned that the human world was not always to be trusted, my love for “the natural world” became more central to my life.”
Nick Neddo has been making art since he could first pick up a crayon. He grew up exploring the wilderness around him, in Vermont: wetlands, forests and fields of his bioregion to which he developed a profound sense of curiosity, respect and love. As a youngster Nick already identified his primary focuses that would become life-long pursuits: study of the natural world, primitive skills and art creation. And it is till nowadays that the artist continues to embrace them with a great appetite fueled by a genuine love of the living world and creative processes.
In 2015 Nick presented “The Organic Artist”, a book where he encourages everyone and explains how to create your own art materials from the landscape. “Before a pen or paintbrush mark hits the blank paper, a significant amount of time and energy has already been invested in procuring the art supplies”, he says. This time is dedicated to weeks of searching within nature, gathering raw materials while refining the components and hand-crafting them into art tools.
Nick transforms fibers, furs, berries, beeswax, muds, sticks and stones into pens, paintbrushes, crayons, charcoal, inks, paints, paper, inkwells and sketchbooks and with them, he creates the most beautiful art works. Through his work what is unthinkable, turns to be obvious: the fantastic relationship between primary skills (or self-sustainable skills) and creativity.
If you want to know more about this one of a kind artist and teacher, go get the past Summer issue of No Serial Number Magazine, where a lovely interview to him is presented. Beautiful words and images to share. And remember: you still can order our past issues!