|Project by EPJartisan||posted 11-06-2014 08:04 PM||3240 views||19 times favorited||36 comments|
This sculpture has a very long story, but it really speaks for itself.
This is a self portrait of me screaming as a honey locust tree.
They were going to chop down the Honey Locust trees in our courtyard. These are majestic and beautiful trees right outside our third floor condo. The real reason we bought this place was for the feeling of being away from the world and in the tree top of a forest. They are home to squirrels and finches, robins and cardinals, bats, fireflys and cicadas. The leaves turn this amazing yellow in the fall and shimmer in the sun after a short summer rain. I love these trees.. and could not believe that they were “unhealthy and needed to be removed.” A condo wide building war ensued and we are a bunch of very smart people… science, poetry, sound logic, history, and aesthetics for resale… the resolution was to remove 30% of the top foliage for more light to reach the lower units. The trees are still there and very healthy and happy.
This was early in my woodworking and I had just started to learn about wood, trees, and forest ecology. Researching everything about Honey Locust trees was my first tree obsession. I became friends with Arborists and Forestry specialists. due to this tree. I learned so much, that it later dawned on me that I am very much like a Honey Locust tree. Cultured into city life the once Thorny Locust, lost it’s need for thick defensive thorns to ward off deer and other animals after the leaves and soft twigs…. and became the peaceful and city dwelling Honey Locust.
But remove 50% of their canopy and they still sprout enormous thorns. Hit them with a car.. thorns. Poison = thorns, disease = thorns. A lovely tree which I can completely relate to.
I am one of those people who easily smiles, whistles while walking, and seems to just love life. Inside I held a deep anger at the world of humans… a great disappointment of the things people do and say to one another. People are absolutely horrible to each other. Its was a fear that has lead me into uncontrolled violence and the need to run away and hide, even to extreme measures. It held me back from happiness and success in my career. I am happy to not be at that place anymore and can use my art and talent to express and create what I want. So this is my inner anger rendered in complete botanical detail of a Honey Locust tree.. only in white gesso, grey graphite, and bloodwood leaves (blood red instead of light green or yellow)
~ Honey locust branches and thorns
~ Honey locust wood base ~ steam bent
~ Hydrocal Plaster and canvas soaked in wall sculpting plaster
~ 1,150 Bloodwood leaves (each is five pieces of veneer) and white wire wrapping
~ White Gesso and Graphite
I am also proud that it is being featured in the soon to be released music video “One Time Offer” by Pound of Flesh.
And will be on display at the Oak Park Arts League Nov 14-Dec 5.
-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."