The Disappearing, 2018
VCR tape, gesso, bamboo and timber, sand and recycled, eco dyed cotton bags
Dimensions: 3400mm x 2200mm x 2200mm
Photos by Jill Sampson and Your Life Photography courtesy of Noosa Regional Gallery
The Disappearing was included in the Tree Place exhibition, curated by Anne Harris.
This photo by Jill Sampson
Photos 1, 3, 5 in above slide show are by Your Life Photography courtesy of Noosa Regional Gallery. The rest of the photos by Jill Sampson.
Big old trees are increasingly hard to find.
My tree is a tree of the past. It’s form created by captured images from an obsolete technology. We are surrounded by imagery, both moving and still; and this sometimes makes it difficult to separate fact from fiction. Have the big ancient forests of the world really been destroyed if we can still view photos and film of them living and breathing?
In my lifetime the Earth has lost 60% of its fauna and three quarters of the land on Earth has been impacted and changed by humans.
My tree is a ghost tree.
It only exists when the viewer sees it and names it tree.
My tree is ancient,
yet, newly spun.
a witness tree.
a story tree.
a tree of cycles,
The Disappearing was curated into the final exhibition of the Tree Place project by Anne Harris.
Curated by Anne Harris
FINAL EXHIBITION – NOOSA REGIONAL GALLERY
Pelican Street, Tewantin, Queensland, Australia
7th December 2018 – 27th January 2019
The Story (Anne Harris)
WHEN A TREE FALLS THERE IS A SPACE THAT IT LEAVES BEHIND, THERE IS A PLACE WHERE IT WOOD HAVE BEEN, ANNE HARRIS 2015
An Ancient tree fell across a road, it stopped traffic. The tree was cut into pieces and taken for wood chipping. A women saw the place where the tree had been and went to record the story, she followed the trunk to the rubbish dump, where it sat abandoned. The caretaker offered the tree to her, she hesitated, but to say no was admitting the tree was rubbish. Here was an opportunity to turn a tragedy into a new beginning.
And so the idea began to grow, the tree would be used as a teacher to share stories of culture, inspire creativity to build connection, and start a new story of optimism for the future.
An exhibition drawing together more than 20 predominantly Queensland artists, practicing across a range of media from the traditional to the experimental. This project is the final chapter of an ancient trees journey back into community.