“Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.”
– Albert Schweitzer
I know I jump backwards and forwards from project to project, but it works for me as resolving time. I come across a problem so the work is put aside for a while and I pick up other threads. I’ve learnt that in doing this brings the subconsious into play; new information and understandings are brought to bear and I can resume. So my story started with the harakeke paper and tree shadows is not forgotten, just waiting for problems to be resolved. And the anthotypes. Not left behind, just sitting, waiting.
Over the past few years I've been making work around the Pohutukawa – there is much about them that fascinates me, one of which is the way the tree supports itself, it is a marvel of engineering. The other is it's role, spiritually, in life and death. So far I have not found a satisfactory way to show the sense of either. Now, thanks to Ferg’s prompting, and some deeper understanding of process this time, I can pick up these threads.