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memoirs (written by trees), 2020
Photo-rag paper, various sizes
“Memoirs” is a series of color photographs of decaying logs found in The Sea Ranch’s redwood forest. In post-production I eliminate the figure from the background, and use a process that filters light, which like an X-ray reveal details not seen by the naked eye. The lines, stains and scars that become visible through this process are like a historical account, a memoir written by trees. The blue-purplish colors that appear through an additional process of color inversions relate to the tree’s ability to store tons of gallons of water and fire-resistant tannins in it’s trunk. These remarkable features enabled redwoods to survive drought and fire for over many centuries. Through a relationship between parts and whole, the stump and the tree, "Memoirs" raises questions about life and decay, resilience and renewal, deforestation and global warming. The unique mandala-shaped stumps serve as a portal for viewers to connect the earth and the universe, inner and outer worlds.
Made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.