Oct 052013
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“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.


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  2 Responses to “An Ending, A Beginning: Rotorua, September 2013”

  1. Jenny, I love the idea and this image is so gently rendered. All the detail and then there is that vey subtle shadow. So soft.

  2. I think you have found a way to very satisfactorily express life and death in this image.
    A sharp and detailed entity that bears the scars of life. That once breathed life into the universal tree that it belongs to. But that individual has now reached the end of its life. But leaves behind a shadow, a memory? Thinking beyond that ,the leaf will fall to the ground, rot and become nutrients for the universal tree , to be born again as a new leaf in the future.

    Quite a bit in a simple stunning image.

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