tree carving

carving from allée pin oaks with an angle grinder, 2017.
processual material encounter with the temporal archive of the tree.

 

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performative chronology

 

The goal of this project is to attempt to disorder the cultural archive of the tree with an experiential practice that engages with one tree—and perhaps collapses, ever so slightly, the remove between us. I use an angle grinder to make a hollow in the living material of a pin oak in the campus allée that would shortly be felled. The operation is grounded in experimental veins of cultural geography and archaeology that use performative landscape practices, specifically those involving movement and feel, to foreground the body in the revelation of the human and nonhuman world. The embodiment of the process makes for a lived experience of the material chronology of a tree, its otherness/closeness, and the tightly interlocked grains and folds of its matter—haptic exchanges mediated by a tool across time. The outcome is a kind of intimacy with a tree. The resultant concavity of its substance is a subtly-evolving processual artifact, and an accompanying essay a translation of the practice.

 

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tree B-3, planted ~1937, carved May 10, 2017, felled May 23, 2017
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tree C-7, planted ~1937, carved March 9, 2017, felled May 24, 2017

 

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landscape encounter