Tree Time is a series of images of the Metasequoia (Dawn Redwood) species taken over three years during the time I was artist in residence at The Dawes Arboretum. This species is prehistoric, its origin dating back 60 million years. That vast amount of time and history is something I have a hard time relating to human time. The history of this species has inspired me to create metaphors for human life and time.
The Dawn Redwood was thought to be extinct until 1940, when it was re-discovered in central China. The species was on the edge of extinction due to genetic bottlenecking, their isolation having weakened them near the point of collapse. When I think about that in relation to human life - we too suffer when isolated - I see clear parallels. These last pandemic years have clearly illustrated the crucial importance of community, engagement and diversity to our well being. In the images, you see a genetically diverse plantation of the Metasequoia. They are reaching out, connecting, just like us humans.
Tree Time is a community art installation that will be on display in a multitude of public venues in Licking County, Ohio. Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 The viewer will have an opportunity to take the art home with them from the installation. Making art accessible to all ages.