While I wait for bureaucracy to release the materials I need from customs here in China, here’s some trees I’m looking at for the ‘Boxed’ installation next week:
In the 1930’s, Chinese artist Chiang Yee visited the Lake District, armed with one pair of shoes his brushes, ink and paper – he ventured over the fells in solitude. He recorded his daily walks with paintings and poems in his own Chinese style. The landscapes of mountains and lakes was a familiar one to Chiang and fulfilled his longing for the Chinese landscape while in the UK. Chiangs trees are full of traditional chinese styling – with ‘welcome’ arms and add colour and texture to the grey, rainy lakes.
Arthur Rackham’s trees are full of life and character and often became self-portraits. His trees twist and turn, wriggling out of the earth to embrace and guide those who come across them. His thorny briars on the other hand knot their way across the pages enveloping and binding anything and everything in their path.
A paper cut tree at Shanghai gallery Island6 with interactive LED elements.
So pulling all those ideas together – here’s where the ‘Boxed’ tree is going at the moment:
needs work to be more windswept and twisted, but getting there I hope. Back-up materials arrive in the morning, so we’ll see where it all goes…