Old Fir Blanket.
Fir bark, steel “skidder” rope, 18 ceramic birds, recycled innertube rubber, charcoal
25’(d) x 14’ (w) x 9’(h) (entire gallery)
Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA. 2009.
We humans have complicated relationships with the trees in our lives. Sometimes we write romantic poetry about our arboreal intimates; othertimes, we chop them down to improve the 'view'.
The human and arboreal species are interdependent for survival: we need them for clean air and water and we use them in a thousand other ways. They need us to preserve habitat, prevent acid rain and other toxins, and manage the Earth in a sustainable manner.
Their bark is a skin: protection, yet vulnerable.
For this installation, the bark was saved from the wood used to heat our home this winter. Those cords of woods were salvaged slash from a clear-cut. The wire ropes are “skidder rope”, used in the logging operation that clear-cut this DNR land. Recycled inner-tube rubber references the complex issues of petroleum and transportation which face our world.
And the birds: what do the birds represent, to you?