Extract of a text from an italian art critic, at Burkhardt Academy, Rome:
“L’antico anzi il comune, quello che ad ogni passo si incontra e che non si osserva,
passando oltre con estrema noncuranza, ella lo propone evincendone spirituali sembianze
di afflati intimi, scoperte e indicazioni soffusi di altissima poesia.”
“Geraldine affonda le sue radici nel suo microcosmo e ne trae quella visione intima
ed incantata che trasmette come una corrente che percorre il sapiente disegno,
fulcro della forza magnetica della sua arte. Nelle sue immagini vivono generazioni
che trasmetono rivelazioni crescenti e preziose di mondi nascosti nei quali l’umano
diventa divino, creatura attinge la creazione, la conquista e ne svela l’anima.”
“ Merito precipuo di quest’artista é quello di scoprire la luce che ogni uomo ha dentro
e con la quale l’artista illumina le proprie opere, che divengono così altre sorgenti
atte ad indicare all’uomo la strada da percorrere per ritrovare l’Eden perduto.
– Trees of Latem
Exhibition Sint Martens Latem 2007
The American-Brazilian artist van Chapman is deeply moved by the combination of intimacy and majesty shown by trees. The avenues and woods with which Sint-Martens-Latem is endowed call her irresistibly to make an artistic exploration of the wondrous variety of nature. This yields splendid views and colourful observations of bark and trunks. With their constantly varying shades of light and shadow, trees provide a dome of peace and restfulness and draw us into the mystery of life. Van Chapman’s work reflects her love and respect for the nature that feeds us and revitalises us with inner strength. In this respect she shares exactly the same sensitivity as her kindred artistic spirit Myriam Vandenberghe.
As the child of the Brazilian artist Isolda Hermes da Fonseca (1924-2004) and the American artist Grover Chapman (1924-2000), van Chapman’s (1948) artistic gifts and passion were inborn.
Having roamed Europe and lived for a long time in both Norway and the Netherlands, she set up Nature Studio in Ghent together with Myriam Vandenberghe, a project which promoted a precious and loving interest in nature by means of art, photography and philosophy.
Geraldine F. Chapman (van Chapman is her pseudonym) has previously published the book Love and Death, or the seed of the lotus-flower. Drawings and writings and has completed the manuscript of a new book entitled Light over water, a marvellous combination of nature photos and philosophical reflections.
Latemse bomen –
Inleiding door: Albert-Fernand Haelemeersch, kunstrecensent en auteur
De Amerikaans-Braziliaanse kunstenares van Chapman is gegrepen door het samenspel van intimiteit en majesteit van bomen. De dreven en bossen waarmee Sint-Martens-Latem is begiftigd nodigen haar onweerstaanbaar uit toteen artistieke exploratie van die wondere diversiteit van de natuur en nemen ze ons op in het mysterie van het leven. Het werk van van Chapman straalt liefde en respect uit voor de natuur die ons voedt en oplaadt met innerlijke kracht. Ze sluit hiermee helemaal aan bij de sensibiliteit van haarartistieke geestesgenoot Myriam Vandenberghe.
Het levert prachtige zichten op en kleurrijke observaties van schors en stronken. Met hun steeds wisselende schakeringen van licht en schaduw zorgen bomen voor een koepel van rust en vrede.
Sint Marten's Latem, 08/2007
The nature painters van Chapman and Myriam Vandenberghe,
are looking for inspiration, for accommodation and
a place for exhibition in the areas of nature reserves.
Nature painting and drawings, exhibitions, portraits, poetic or philosophic publications,
art photos, audio visual presentation for live music shows.
School, Atelier or Studio: nature.
Teacher: spiritual love- the light of nature
Founded and presided Naturestudio VZW (Non-profit society )
web master of: www.naturestudio.net
Author of lyrical and philosophical works for peace, like Love and Death 1982 including 'Light for Peace'; translated in several languages to all representatives of the Council and Parliament of Europe in Strasburg,( June1999), and Light over Water.
This work in essence says that "wisdom is not to kill an evil man but the evil in man".
which can sell them for us through their websites.
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Brazilian Rain Forest
MUSEUM OF ARTS FOR NATURE
HOW THE IDEA STARTED:
In Norway in 1986, the idea of a festival "ARTS FOR NATURE" has been created through my initiative, possibly to become an annual event, backed up by the Milieu minister Sissel Ronbekk.
After five years of painting, writings and making exhibitions in Norway, with a loving response from the public and the press, a Norwegian called Per Haugen, offered to the Government at the northern municipality Narvick, a land and a building of his property for a possible museum of my work.
In a letter to the chief of culture of Narvick, I proposed that a museum be created there for works of art which would express and evoke a sense of wonder for the beauty of Nature in general, not only for my works. Suggestion I passed on to Norway's Artists organization, Norske Kunstneres Forening, when I left Norway.
In 1991, when starting to create a studio (Naturestudio) in Belgium,
the idea for such a museum in Europe was presented to the mayor of Gent Mr Temmerman, to Fabiola and King Boudwijn.