1. VIRGIN JUNGLE
2. SOUL OF THE JUNGLE
3. SPIRIT OF JUNGLE
The jungle is often described as mysterious, impenetrable, uncomfortable and inaccessible. The virgin jungle is a commonly used phrase and relates to the descriptions of it being UNTOUCHED and whole. Most people would often launch an in-depth description of the physical component of the ecosystem, marveling at the complexity of its functions being clearly impressed with its sophistication. In this context, descriptions of its separateness from people and its lack of personal becomingness suggest that there is an inherent friendliness. Reference to the gender of nature and the jungle were only occasional but were consistently feminine.
Spirit of place while on one level inherent in the physical environment is experienced by human beings through a myriad of different world-views and discourses. The socially-constructed aspects of spirit of place necessarily create diversity. The soulful relationships with the nature may let the artists to articulate and communicate such numinous and nebulous experiences and concepts as spirit of place. The expressions are inspiring and can reach people on a deep soul level. On the border between light and dark we dwell, between the familiar tamed land of the bright green rolling dairy pastures and the mysterious writhing intertwining of life-death-life in the shadowy green. The artist described spiritual experiences in the jungle as though he was allowing the outside into him rather than trying to preserve the space for himself by shutting out noise or things of that sort. He could feel the spiritual connections. The word ‘soul’ and ‘spirit’ and the concepts of merging and being at one with the nature were largely confined to the alternative lifestyles and to a lesser extent the environmental activists. To the artists the jungle is the place where life begins. In this context the artist is relating the jungle with our daily life in most of his artworks under the themes.