Earth’s Mouth


Nature features heavily in the works of the Unintentional Art Movement. Earth’s Mouth is another example. It immediately reminds us of the intentional artworks of Dali or Magritte, where nature also becomes anthropomorphic . Whether it’s a rock formation in the shape of a woman or a woman clad in a slightly cloudy blue sky, the paintings of these two giants of surrealism are iconic. Magritte also branched out, adding birds to the sky, moons inside trees or a giant eagle that becomes a rock formation.

Earth’s Mouth seems to be in the same vein, with the very important difference that it’s an unintentional artwork, with different layers adding to the uniqueness of this surreal yet very real work. First of all there’s the seemingly literal link between the roots of the tree, used to feed the tree and necessary to make it grow, and the mouth depicted here. The roots have the same function as the mouth.

But just like with landing bird this can be seen as another work criticizing the way we interact with our environment. The roots are pulled out of the ground and the mouth can only appear because the direct link between the two is cut. Will the tree survive? It leaves the audience wonder about the fate and the future.

The mouth is a very fitting  symbol. Nature is losing ground because we selfishly claim its natural resources, not in the least to feed ourselves. The mouth, wide open, can also be seen as a way of critiquing our general greed, our need for materialism that is oppressing nature and perhaps even altering human nature itself.

The work can be found Beddgelert in North-Wales. Due to the nature of this work it’s possible that at some point it will be gone.