Local Artists Organize Camping, Survival Trips for Inspiration


Bug out survival

Inspiration. What does it mean? The answer to that question is different for every person alive. Some people get their inspiration from the strangest places possible—especially artists.

I recently ran across an art collective who claims they organize a yearly camping trip to get inspiration for their work, and I was very interest. So, I pulled one of the artists aside to see if I couldn’t get a little more information, and here’s what I was able to uncover.

Surviving Outdoors as an Artist

As you might imagine, the outdoors, trees, rivers, etc., are a big subject matter for artists. The landscape is a classic subject matter that never goes out of style and artists regularly use nature as an inspiration for their work.

But, according to the artist that I spoke with, very few artists know what it’s like to be in nature. They see it from their windows, for airplanes, from other pictures, etc., but none of them have experienced nature.

I thought this was an interesting point. How many of us could actually go out and experience nature, survive in the wild with just a few hand tools. This is what this art collective is aiming to do.

It’s part of a new and growing trend called “method art creation.” Similar to method actors who take on the role of their character during the entire film or recording process, these artists want to go out and experience what it is like to live in nature to get inspiration for their art.

They are making it a week long trip, so every person brings nothing more than what they can carry on their person. In other words, they brings bugout backpack and anything that doesn’t fit, doesn’t get brought. See more about how difficult this is to accomplish.

Art Produced from Survivalism

My next question to the artist was, “How does this process affect your artwork?” I thought that experiencing the harshness of nature, that it might make for darker pieces with a lot of negative or dark tones involved, but he said it really depends on the trip itself.

If the trip was nice and sunny, then it usually makes for brighter pieces, but if it ends up raining or storming, they obviously the pieces are affected.

My Thoughts

I’m not sure if I would ever do a trip like this. I mean, I enjoy hiking and occasionally camping, but I don’t think I would ever be able to survive in the wild. Drinking water like a real survivalist straight out of the river would be tough. I don’t know if they have any kind of water purification or not, but even eating food would be tough.

Most people bring one of two emergency food bars, but those only last a day or two and they are outdoors for up to seven full days.

It might be a little extreme for me, but these artists are definitely committed to their craft and I can’t wait to see some of the work produced from their latest trip.