I have received all of my art supplies from storage back east and it is now time to incorporate them into some new pieces! While modifying the old. Particularly thinking about incorporating my Teabag Reuse Project and Full Circle: rebirth of a tree projects with my paper and muslin shirts.
Posts Tagged ‘Tree Project’
My Tree has made a long journey via USPS. It followed a similar path (except I took a plane, may be it did too!) across the continent back to me. I have great plans for my Tree, the next steps in its life of slow decomposition.
Here are images of how its current condition after journeying across the USA.
In 2006 when I came up with the answer to a question of what to do with all the paper piling up in my apartment I had no idea it would turn into an eight year (and counting) project. None. But it has and my Tree is at a crossroads, or rather a cross-country adventure. You see my Tree has been removed from its outdoor home. The one it has been in/on for the last five years. Just recently it had been lifted off the ground, taken in-doors to dry and packaged carefully to make its journey and enter into the next stage of its life.
So until my Tree comes back to me I have many photos for you to view. See what wood will do when sitting outside underneath cement after a polar vortex and several years of turbulent northeastern weather.
Check out the video that accompanies the above photos. Taken the same day.
Look at your body of creative work past and present. What work is your favorite? Why? What work are you the most proud of? Why? Are they the same work or different? Explain.
How would you communicate your feelings about this cherished work to a broader audience? How would you share both the work and your ideas about it with the public?
At first my mind went blank..then I immediately thought of my Tree! Why the blank moment? I am a processor, no not a computer processor, but similar. I take a moment to absorb the data presented to me. My Tree for those who are soon to become familiar with it… take a look over here https://amybauerart.wordpress.com/tag/tree-project/ This project is both my favorite and what I am most proud of.
I created my Tree for a final thesis for my BA in Fine Arts. It was quite a challenge for my advisor was away 99% of the semester and the other instructors did not have an arts background and did not understand what I was doing. I even gathered many letters in an endeavor to appeal the final grade they gave me. In the end it wasn’t worth fighting an entire department and wasn’t going to make a difference in my GPA or future plans. Nor my Tree. My thesis show was a success. The public liked it. I entered it and displayed my Tree at another show. Then I made a decision that had a major impact on me and my art. I decided to put it in my friend’s backyard to decompose. Over five years later it is still there! OMG! We thought it would be in her yard for three months tops. Nature has rewarded me many times over. Over the years my Tree has been in many shows via pictures and videos. And at each show I briefly describe it to viewers. My video is silent so that all the visuals can really be absorbed. In the beginning I said something like this “conceptual environmental piece focuses on recycling”. Since then I have added it is one step beyond placing something into a blue bin. But really my story is simple. What to do with all this paper accumulating in my apartment (especially as an undergrad..all those papers and tests). So I tore up my receipts, statements, papers, as I watched a movie. Then I broke it all down to pulp and reshaped it into a tree (modeled after the poplar) and put it outside to recycle naturally. I am still working on a concise explanation. But I do know what I am doing and saying is having a positive reaction from the public and that is why it is my favorite work.
Friday was my Tree’s fifth year outside. A celebratory event was to take place. But alas Mother Nature did leave over a foot of snow on top of it. So we decided to post pone the events one day. This wasn’t going to happen. The image below shows the branches of the butterfly tree that my Tree is underneath. And the massive amount of icy snow that is currently covering the area. So… event rain check please! Good news is event documentation has been discussed. Event date to be determined.
Friday, February 21, 2014 will be five years that my Tree will have been outside in northern New Jersey. Which at the moment is being pounded by Mother Nature. She is constantly dumping snow down upon it. But that is winter in the north-east.
This year I have a special plan for my Tree. It involves an idea that the backyard owner (where my Tree is) and my idea combined. I, like all of you will be attending the ceremony from a distance. As always there will be photographs and hopefully a video. There will be another move for my Tree and perhaps a digging out if it is covered by a foot or more of snow.
The life (yes it has taken on a life of its own) of my Tree will continue on and involve the USPS for delivery. Oops I let a little of the plan out! Yes this year marks the fifth anniversary outside and the eighth year of its existence, but it will be living on in more than images.
So until the celebratory post lets take a look back ….
From 3,000 miles away I can detect it. Actually this picture revealed the colorations of the final breakdown of my Tree. This picture was taken December 22,2013. There is clear color changes on both the cement (giant circular piece that has a wooden dowel in the center and underneath a wood platform connected by screw and nut) and the trunk (whitish/now blackish paper laying north of the cement base). Is this mold? Is this a natural occurrence in the breakdown of materials left outside to decompose? The cement piece reminds me of old castles (in Europe) and old military forts (in the USA). The decay is slow, but it is there.
Once again it is time to ask… will it make it to the next anniversary? Or shall I have a Viking Burial for it? just kidding. that wouldn’t be very natural of me. Or would it?!