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memoirs (written by trees), 2020
C-Prints, various sizes
"Memoirs" is part of a larger eco-meditative project, and consists of a series of black-and-white and color photographs of treestumps found in and around a redwood forest in Northern California where I live. In post-production I use a process that filters light, and like an X-ray reveals details not seen by the naked eye. The lines, stains and marks that become visible through this process are like a historical account, a memoir written by trees. The abstract images invite viewers to tune into their senses, immerse in contemplation and find their own interpretations. Through a relationship between the stump and tree, parts and whole, "Memoirs" raises questions about life and decay, deforestation and global warming, in hopes to protect tens of thousands of tree species that might vanish in our lifetimes.
Made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.