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Tom van Campenhout is an artist in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His arresting images often depict a ravaged natural landscape with ever-present powerlines and steel towers looming in the background. In another series of drawings, we see the curved lines of a human body contorted and compressed to fit within the rectilinear confines of an architectural structure. The flowing, organic shapes of the living world merge and collide with the harsh angular lines of technology and civilization in much of Tom’s work—and technology appears to be winning.
“My inspiration comes from landscapes and the influence of people upon the landscape. I try to create a world in my drawings in which people can see that influence and the consequences of our behavior on nature and ourselves. Sometimes we forget that no one is the same. What one person may find beautiful or convenient can cause sickness for another. My drawings are also a personal statement because of a dear friend of mine who is no longer able to live the life we do because of our ever-growing need for more electricity, communication and so on.” ~Tom van Campenhout
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I always had nightmares as a child that I could not fly high in the sky because I would get trapped in the high tension wires. I am glad those dreams stopped. Now I am literally closed in by EMF’s and microwave radiation. What is worse…the childhood nightmares or reality? My hope is that the Creator of this wonderful planet will stop all harm to it soon allowing the lovers of this earth to be the caretakers of it.
“And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” — Revelation 11:18.
Hang in there jinglepots!
Re: Artist Tom’s last picture, above: Just about every place I’ve lived has felt that way, like too-small cramped cubicles (apartments). Reminds me of this scripture which could also apply to modern “Agenda-21” living, ie, masses of people crammed into crowded cities with the expansive rolling countrysides reserved only for the “elite”:
Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!”