Mind Your Surroundings

I find it rather interesting that the proximate environment can have a significant effect on how one, consciously or not, ‘sees,’ that is, how they are attracted to, influenced by and subsequently interpret (artistically) their surroundings.  Since moving back to the city from the green mountains of Vermont, I’ve noticed my own drawings taking on a more vertical aspect; rounded, open and organic forms give way to overlapping angles and spaces crowded with signs and signifiers.  Can this idea be applied in an art history context, perhaps providing insight into the development of an individual artist’s aesthetic preference?  Or would such an analysis be distracting, its diagnostic and prognostic intentions obfuscating inspiration and the indefinite spark of creative genius?

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