FOR HAZEL 2015
Digital prints, Epson archival inks on Somerset Velvet 300gsm
paper , 594 x 841 mm
from a series produced in conjunction with the publication Halse
for hazel (Halse), a sequence of poems about trees,
their languages and forms by Frances Presley. The images were
reproduced in black and white in the book.
collaboration took place during the final year of Presley's
project funded by the Arts Council and included research at
the national collections of Kew Gardens and Wakehurst Place.
Images and texts chosen for the subsequent exhibition 'In the
open', at Murray Edwards College in Cambridge (2015) include
'charcoal', which refers to the theme of burnt wood, both in
its destructive form and as a material for creating new life
and new work; 'ash seeds' which evoke the ancient human significance
of the ash tree and its fragility; 'retina diamond leaf' in
which the veins in whitebeam leaves become the veins of the
retina, raising issues of perception and the capture of images;
'yew tree root' and 'mountain pine' are trees associated with
ancient British societies, their modern incarnations and, at
times, their patriarchal propaganda.