Collecting NFTs does not always involve fun, silly or self-indulgent pixel art with a cult following.
The interesting part about this creative evolution is the development and promotion of art that also has a social and humanistic aspect. One that resonates on a more introspective level, as all art does. And why not in the Web 3, digital space?
This body of work titled ‘Biodiversity Garden‘ is a collection of 30 NFTs showcasing images of nature and celebrating as well as contemplating the nature of how we experience anxiety.
Originally documented as a photographic exploration, it took me a while to discover what I wanted to do with it.
I spent some time contemplating what I wanted to do with it. And I’m glad I documented these photos because I eventually went back to reshoot at higher resolution.
I decided to ‘regenerate’ them manually to reveal a collection of artworks depicting really intense – but vibrant – colours that express the erratic nature of anxiety.
You can view the entire collection of 30 here or read on to know more about it i.e how and why I created it.
In this blog post, I reveal the collection in it’s format that is already ‘on chain‘ (minted to the blockchain).
I also discuss how the collection came about. And more interestingly how you as a viewer, collector or fellow artist (whether traditional or new media) can benefit from it.
Of course, I don’t like leaving anyone out…
If you’re an interior architect, interior designer, interior decorator or 3-D student, read on. I also showcase how collecting NFTs can elevate an interior space and inspire three-dimensional design.
- How I created this collection
- More about the colours
- It’s not all about colour
- How can this collection benefit you?
- Photography as a means of documenting your visual practice
- Ways to enjoy this collection
- Collecting NFTs and more – Conclusion
How I created this collection
This collection was originally documented as a photographic exploration of still life in nature. I usually document close-ups of larger sections of a frame (camera view).
Essentially, my work centres around the biomorphic forms and shapes found in the natural – untainted – world.
I enjoy working with uncontrived visuals and compositions, and nature provides just such a canvas and portrait into a rich inner world. A quiet, yet lively and boundless world that is uninhibited and free from restrictions.
Nature knows exactly what to do and how do it.
It’s unrestrained and also holds much untold secrets and a rich inner life that it allows to unfold intuitively. I love that bit.
And it’s that bit that sustains my artistic curiosity.
As such I’m constantly searching for ways to emulate that consistent unfolding, generating and regenerating mechanism that nature has mastered.
I document sections of nature – a composition of my choosing – and see how I can manipulate, regenerate and give new expression to the original.
Creating a new identity for it, but always attempting to celebrate – through vibrant colour – the infallible power nature has to keep creating, morphing, multiplying, and birthing new life, effortlessly.
Creation energy is what I’m relishing in with this collection. I attempt to uplift and find the positive in something that also cannot be controlled. That being the mental health aspect of Anxiety from which so many of us either permanently suffer from or struggle with day to day.
It’s a very normal part of life that we must deal with, but one that every human needs relief from.
Relief from suffering can come in many forms, unfortunately those are not always emotionally or financially sustainable.
Here’s where colour therapy comes into play. I’m not a therapist or mental health professional** but I do believe in the healing and thought-changing (as opposed to mind-altering) power of colour.
Thoughts do control the outcome of how we’re feeling and if that colour triggers joyful, happy thoughts our feelings will follow suit.
More about the colours
Hot pink and bright, intense cyan may not be everyone’s cup of art tea, but they are vibrant and happy enough not to be offensive. I’ve yet to meet anyone that says there colours are.
Perhaps they’re shocking – as far the hot pink goes.
Or perhaps it’s a little extra as they saying goes.
That’s all the more reason to enjoy and behold the irony and contrast of the subject matter and the execution.
These works are meant to be evocative and no less.
Seen at a larger scale it’s even more impressive. It’s bold, bright and a little in your face, but that’s not the point of it.
The collection exists to give the viewer and the owner the satisfaction of pure visual appeal, impressive in it’s unabashed colour usage and scale – if you’re displaying in a large printed format.
It’s not all about colour
Colour does takes centre stage in this collection, but nature is very much its main character. Or, I should say, the transformation of it.
The artworks in this collection are meant to have a transformative quality – even though I admit some might find it hard to look at for the intensity of the colours. But, I reckon that’s just a few. To each his/her own.
Transformation is a powerful aspect of my discursive practice as a visual artist. I search out ways to transform or give a subject a new identity, be it serious or tongue-in-cheek.
Subverting these photo images in this collection and transforming it into almost supernatural images of an unreal, reimagined identity of nature is the purpose of this collection.
The idea was to use intense colour to show the discomforting, distressing, erratic nature of anxiety and intrusive thoughts. I did this by representing these aspects through shocking injections of colour, especially where it’s least expected and it’s my nod to the experience of anxiousness.
But, it’s not all discomfort and distress.
Dealing with mental health is a part of life and my contribution to that is to offer a way of celebrating our vulnerability though those bright colours that are more synonymous with vibrancy, love, fun and a harmless irreverence.
How can this collection benefit you?
I’ve made this collection available to mint if you’re collecting NFTs currently as an art collector.
But, I’ve also decided to make this available to buy as fine art prints as well as digital downloads.
Now, you may be wondering why all these options?
How can one buyer benefit from either and does either option have a trade off?
No, definitely not. Each buying option comes with different criteria or benefits for the buyer. The buyer of an NFT version of any one artwork in this collection benefits by being able to sell that NFT token later to another buyer, hopefully at a profit. This is usually dictated by the NFT market at the time and whether the art and/or artist gains in popularity.
So, collecting NFTs can be a great art investment at a relatively low cost. Unless you’re buying a Beeple through Christie’s!
How is an NFT buyer protected against unlawful distribution of the same artwork bought as a digital download or print?
The digital downloads available in the shop on this website come with explicit legal implications, and terms and conditions of sale attached to it.
In other words, a buyer may only use that PDF digital file for personal use. No redistribution or resale is allowed, under any circumstances.
Now, unfortunately, it’s difficult to control people, especially buyers I’ve never met or ever will.
But, I’m in business and there’s a certain amount of trust that I have to have with buyers. Also, the digital download side of my business is crucial to my bottom line and it helps we keep this blog active and to keep providing you with quality content as I love to do.
So, as an NFT buyer you can be assured that before the release of this collection it has already been minted to the Ethereum network and is permanently coded into the blockchain. If you’re familiar with how the blockchain works, you’ll know what I mean.
If you’re new to NFT Art, you’ll love this article about how to get started with creating and selling NFTs. It explains all about how the blockchain works in relation to creating and selling NFT art. Read it here.
Note on copying and stealing of art online: Copying and redistributing my work without my explicit permission is not allowed and this applies to any version of it. If you intend do so and you’re reading this blog post, unfortunately I will find out quite easily and have no choice but to approach you with a desist instruction and further legal action. But I highly advise anyone not to go down this road with any artist. Respect the work of artists, we put a lot of effort and money into it and only we should be benefiting financially from it, unless you’re a legal owner of an NFT token.
When it comes to ordering a fine art prints and for those wondering about it – if the owner of an art print photographs or scans this physical art in order to convert it to a digital file, they can, but know this…
NFT marketplaces have systems in place to scan for copies of artwork already existing and minted on the blockchain.
So, if you’re intending to do this, you’re wasting your time and will mostly likely face legal action.
Rather keep reading this blog and learn how to create art similar to mine if you think it’s worth stealing. After all, it’s quite a compliment to the artist.
Learn my techniques and you will have zero need to be copying or stealing from any artist.
Now getting back to the benefits of the buying options and what’s in it for you:
- If you purchase an NFT art version: It’s already minted on the blockchain, so it’s fixed and copyrighted to maxi-minimalist.art. You’re guaranteed to own an NFT token of this original collection from the artist herself.
- If you purchase a digital download version: You may only use it for personal use and not benefit financially from it.
- If you purchase a fine art print (physical art): You may only use it for personal use and not benefit financially from it. Only original artwork (for example a canvas painting painted by hand using real paint) appreciates in value and is regarded as a financial investment or asset. An NFT token version can be seen as the digital version of that investment or asset. It doesn’t apply to art prints.
Photography as a means of daily journalling – documenting your visual practice
For aspiring artists and art students, using photography as a way of daily journalling is vital even if you’re still documenting your musings in a traditional sketchbook.
As mentioned above I first documented these photos using my iphone, as a way of looking, seeing, ‘digesting’ and contemplating nature as subject matter for art-making. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for exactly, but I knew I wanted something interesting enough to subvert into something unexpected.
Once I was convinced that I wanted to work with what I’d shot, I went back and reshot in higher resolution, knowing I’d want to scale these up to larger format. Seeing my artwork at large scale is important to me, the size itself really does feel like I give it physical legitimacy, a real life persona and presence.
Like all artists, the blank page and the fear of it is ever present. At least with the instantaneous documenting of pretty much anything these days using a smart phone, visual practice has gotten a lot easier. Especially if you are working with photographs anyway.
My point is, I use photos as a way to express myself, my intentions and my thoughts. If it’s the easy way out then so be it.
You don’t need to labour to create legitimate art.
It’s about the product, not the execution, unless that is part of the concept.
In this case, the photographs of nature has helped me more than painting or drawing a still life or landscape.
If I had stuck to traditional techniques it would have had a different outcome. There would have been nothing wrong with it of course.
But, the outcome and product here is much more impactful and evocative. And more importantly, I knew it would have a bigger impact on the viewer and be enjoyed for it’s boldness and irreverence, much more than a ‘quiet’ drawing every would.
NFT Collection: Biodiversity Garden
View the full collection of 30 artworks
Ways to enjoy this collection
NFT art does not need to live privately on the blockchain in a decentralised world most people are not active in.
Collecting NFTS and displaying art in a TV Screen
Now you can actually print out your token – as long as you can prove ownership though your smart contract – and have it displayed in a Tokenframe® or TV screen as seen below.
Buy a fine art print and frame it
A more traditional way of displaying your purchase would be to order a fine art print and have it framed at your preferred framer.
Buy this art as Digital Download
Another great option, which is becoming very popular is to buy any artwork from this collection as a digital download.
The great things about this option is that you get multiple sizes in one PDF.
So you can either print this with your home printer – depending on how fussy you are about quality – or you can take it to a printer that specialises in fine art prints. I say this to say that ‘fine art printers’ are excellent and trustworthy with handling art in all formats.
They also respect the value of the owner’s investment as well as the artist rights to the work particularly if it’s a digital format. They do that because it’s their business. So, it’s a more professional option which I highly recommend as you’ll be legally bound to the conditions of sale when you purchase a digital download.
Best to be sure you won’t find that PDF floating around anywhere else.
Now, what I love personally about digital downloads is that it’s low risk and lost cost as an art investment and there’s very little chance of buyer’s remorse.
Not forgetting that I would love for you to own one of my artworks as I want this artwork to be shared – in a fair way of course.
So, if you decide you’re not into it anymore, you haven’t spent some of your life savings on what would be a costly payment to the artist plus very expensive shipping. And don’t forget about art insurance too!
For interior designers, interior architects and decorators
In terms of interior design and decorating, the flexibility is fantastic.
As mentioned above, you get multiple size formats that you can print from, so it’s a great way to experiment with a size and format that would work best for you interior design project.
NOTE: All the artwork in this collection scale up to 1.4m in height. Wonderful for wall art!
Collecting NFTs and more – Conclusion
So, to recap, you can see that you have great options to choose from when buying from this collection.
And what’s more, you don’t have to choose only one. Lots of collectors opt to invest in the Web 3 digital version of the artwork as well as a physical. At this stage, a Phygital is not yet available but stay in touch and subscribe to be the first to know.
I know that collecting any one of the artworks from this collection will be an enriching experience due to the humanistic meaning behind it.
If you’d like to know more about this collection or any of my other work, feel free to get in touch via our Contact form.
If you’re looking for more inspiration you’ll love this article about Biomorphism in Botanical Art here.
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**Maxi-minimalist.art and it’s authors do not give medical advice. Where there is a reference to it, the phrasing is used to illustrate a point or give context to this art collection and the creation of it. It is not related to a specific mental health condition that is related to any specific individual. It is not meant to be interpreted as mental health advice or a counselling service to any specific individual. Always consult your healthcare professional for medical, psychotherapy or mental health advice before embarking on any type of treatment or embracing the opinions (not fact) on this blog regarding mental health issues.
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