On instagram (where I find a lot of my inspiration for artists work and ideas) I found a very thought provoking image. This image was a photograph of an installation that an artist had completed in a forest with strong horizontal, vertical, diagonal – it looked to me like – lines of thread. On closer inspection I figured that this was a digital experiment however I was inspired to create a similar image physically in the forest that bought me so many memories.
At this moment in time I was reading a book called ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’, which in hindsight was rather monumental in my thought process when studying trees and their relationship with each other. Ideas started flowing and I started to realise that I could combine this installation with ideas of connection between the trees but also the connection of humans with the forest and the idea of the tree of life. It was also important for me to highlight the importance and the connection that I
had with this landscape. I continued to develop my thoughts and took myself to the landscape and started winding wool around the trees creating a physical connection between myself and the trees connections to each other. I was keen to impose the question of our connection and emotions of a place whilst also thinking how the outcome of this installation can develop my drawing and use of line and marks.
I was really quite inspired by the outcome almost considering the natural and the man made image that I had just conducted. I was hoping that these lines could become part of my work either drawn or more conceptual in understanding how to link my emotions to the place.
I think this is where my strong desire to pursue drawings of trees and consider the importance of them began to arise along with my personal reading of ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’. This also had a really nice link to my memories of my father and of the place as we planted a tree for my father when he passed and his ashes are now scattered into the soil at the base of tree.
Fig 1. Installation 1 (2017)
Fig 2. Installation 2 (2017)
Fig 3. Installation 3 (2017)
Fig 4. Installation 4 (2017)
Figure 1. Powell, A (2017) Installation 1 [photograph] In: Possession of: Powell, A: Verwood.
Figure 2. Powell, A (2017) Installation 2 [photograph] In: Possession of: Powell, A: Verwood.
Figure 3. Powell, A (2017) Installation 3 [photograph] In: Possession of: Powell, A: Verwood.
Figure 4. Powell, A (2017) Installation 4 [photograph] In: Possession of: Powell, A: Verwood.