Using Biophilia as the connecting tissue in my work I explore our interactions within nature, further specified by trees. By directly interacting with trees in my work and exploring current scientific findings the metaphysical and literal intersect.
Sometimes implementing my audience in an invited interaction, the discussion goes from the sterile vocabulary of science to a discussion that becomes personal. Photography remains the lifeline while other mediums and materials become a vital role in the examination of the ongoing communication between us and the tree, the tree with other trees, in a universal mycorrhizal network.
With the current state of politics and the most anti-nature administration ever the urgency to speak for nature as a whole is at an extreme high. Deforestation is just a marker in a larger conversation that has become as polluted as our elemental basic needs (i.e. water, air, food, etc.).
Throughout my work, I attempt to engage my audience in asking questions about their own relationship with nature through examining both their immediate surrounding culture and human culture at large. The tree is a symbol of nature that remains a commonality among all humans, no matter your placement in the world you know a tree, you have most likely seen a tree, and the tree then becomes a conduit to connect us all in the conversation. The tree is a platform, a tool, in the forensic examination to identify our condition both consciously and subconsciously while simultaneously probing the current conditions manifested by our own hands.
1 Hectare = 2.47105 Acres
Amount of forests on Earth – approximately 4 billion hectares.
Current Rate of Deforestation - about 13 million hectares per year
Estimated year we no longer have forests – 2325 (that is approximately 12 generations from now)