17.6.–22.7.2012 T66 Kulturwerk, Freiburg, DE

Aesthetic appreciation of nature, at the level of forests and landscapes, requires embodied participation, immersion, and struggle. We initially may think of forests as scenery to be looked upon. That is a mistake. A forest is entered, not viewed. It is doubtful that one can experience a forest from a roadside pullover, any more than on television. A deer in a zoo is not the experience of wild deer. The cage prevents the reality. You do not really engage a forest until you are well within it.

[Holmes Rolston III, 'The Aesthetics Experience of Forests', in The Aesthetics of Natural Environments, edited by Allen Carlson and Arnold Berleant, p. 189, 2004.]

Replace the word 'forest' with 'painting'.