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memoirs (written by trees), 2020
C-Prints, various sizes
"Memoirs" is an eco-meditative project, and consists of a series of color photographs of decaying logs found in and around a redwood forest in Northern California. 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 appear through this process are like a DNA, a history of the trees' life. 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, resilience and renewal, 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.