When we think about the image of a tree we imagine a trunk, branches and leaves. It doesn’t often go much further then that. The image we have doesn’t include the birds that might be nesting in the tree or the moths hugging the bark in a simple composition of camouflage. We can’t seem to conjure up the image of the exhalation of a tree and the idea of that very exhalation is our very inhalation and vice-versa. This happens to be the case for every living being. Our, and here I mean all living beings, exhalations and inhalations are the intertwined weft and warp of life itself.
Scientists have declared that trees are the State of the Art in carbon sequestration. However, trees are the State of the Art in a variety of ways, namely through the shade they offer freely with their branches dressed in leaves, through the oxygen they give us and all living beings, their sequestration of carbon, the art of normalising climatic patterns and so much more (read more: http://www.growingairfoundation.org/facts/).
Trees are also artists in their own right, sculptors twisting and turning roots, branches and trunks into a mosaic of enterprising dynamism.They create still lives comprising bark covered intermittently in moss, compositions of leaves, branches and rainwater, a twist or turn or embrace of branches and more. This is what I was looking for and found when I saw the Art of the State of trees. It dawned on me that if I could show others what I see then a new vision, a new discussion on the importance of the worlds forests would begin to save the worlds forests for now and future generations.The images below convey that sight; the seeing as it were, when looking at the “finer print” of trees. From that vantage point the title of the series blossomed into Artistrees, a combination of two words, namely, artist and trees.
Thanks to the VSB Fonds Alphen aan den Rijn we are proud to announce the exhibition of ARTISTREES to be held at Parkvilla, Park Rijnstroom, Cornelis Geellaan 2, in Alphen aan den Rijn from May 21- July 9, 2017.
Jabba the Hut
Alien old man
Many thanks to The VSB Fonds Alphen aan den Rijn for their help in realising this project.