Installation view - The Language of Trees
This exhibition is an inquiry into the materiality of trees and their language, whether real or imagined, whether metaphorical or literal. For me the tree is a medium to express form, symbol and the nature of the tree, in this way the variety of processes I use to interact, alter and bring attention to the tree is like a language. Through the installation, sculptures, printmaking and photography in this exhibition I also want to illuminate how trees communicate and how they are connected to each other and to the greater ecosystem. Scientists have discovered that trees can trade carbon and send signals to each other through large underground networks of mycorrhizal fungi connected to their roots. Are the underground networks of mycorrhizal fungi connected to the trees similar to the neural networks in our brain? What are trees telling us though their ring patterns and the marks left upon the tree? Are trees sentient? These are some of the insights and questions I am asking the viewer to consider while viewing this exhibition.
The Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery
August 27 - September 25