Finding A Muse

Sonia Thompson

“Art takes nature as its model.” ~ Aristotle

The living room of the Boathouse at Splinter Creek (photo by Erin Austen Abbott).

Art and nature have long had an intertwined relationship, and it's no wonder why. There are few things that can inspire artistic creativity the way nature does. And the relationship works both ways; there are natural spaces that are enhanced with the beauty of art. Which makes art a perfect fit in the homes and on the land of Splinter Creek.

Artwork by Jacob Hashimoto hangs center stage in the Boathouse living room (photo by Erin Austen Abbott).

The residence known as the Splinter Creek Boathouse boasts artwork by Jacob Hashimoto, an installation made of thousands of kite-like discs. The piece sits center stage in the living room, set off by the natural light and water views. It was here that University of Mississippi Museum Director Robert Saarnio first viewed Hashimoto's work, which in part inspired a Hashimoto exhibit currently on display at the UM Museum.

The Jacob Hashimoto "The Other Sun" exhibit is currently on display at the University of Mississippi Museum through August 2022 (photo via UM Museum).

The University Museum's Hashimoto exhibit is titled "The Other Sun" and is on display through August 2022. More information can be found here. Other artworks on display on the grounds of Splinter Creek include sculptures by Mississippian Earl Dismuke, Ben Pierce, and Woods Davy.

The "Victory Dance" sculpture by Mississippi artist Earl Dismuke sits above the South Lake at Splinter Creek (photo by Ellen Leake).

Sculptor Ben Pierce's piece “Closer Separation” stands at the back of the Splinter Creek property (photo by Sonia Thompson).

Woods Davy's sculptures are made of heavy stone elements seem to defy gravity and float like clouds, roll like waves, or bend with the flow of the ocean's chaotic currents (photo by Erin Austen Abbott).

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