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RED TREES HISTORY ©2002 Edition of 6
A 8.5" x 12" cardboard book outlining the beginning of the Red Trees Project. 16 pages are held together with a Japanese binding
using Red Trees ribbon. A swatch of Red Trees adorns the front.
THE HISTORY OF RED TREES
A resident of the northwestern United States bought land that had first been sold for its logging rights. In August 2000, he made this land
available for the installation despite having reservations about revealing what is less disquieting when concealed.
In phase I of Red Trees, fabric is laid and secured over approximately 300 tree stumps razed for consumption.
The bright red fabric elicits the memory of the forest's lost grandeur by positioning each tree in the imagination. It also acts as a shroud
for the deceased or a protective cloth for a wound. The red coverings signify loss as well as life blood.
The tree stumps remained shrouded for one year, August 2000 through 2001. During that time, the fabric ages through exposure to
the elements, especially the sun's rays.
In August 2001, over 300 shrouds, altered by natural occurrences in varying degrees of decay, are returned to Chicago.
Each piece of fabric is imprinted with the unique impression of an individual tree, making visible that which was invisible.
In phase II of Red Trees, the shrouds are exhibited on the walls of my studio, which accommodates an abundant amount of them.
Each shroud, fastened at the top, bellows in subtle currents of air that create a gently moving room.
The moving room of shrouds contains records of death, yet breathes with life. Destruction and loss are poignantly transformed
into beauty and hope. The vulnerability and value of all life, including human life, is elicited metaphorically.
In phase III of Red Trees, the shrouds again are exposed to the elements, especially the wind. For ten days the fabric is softened by
the breeze while hanging on a public structure several stories high.
A fully functioning metal water tower stand outside my studio door is used as the installation structure. Itself an icon, as most others
have been dismantled, it lends new meaning and purpose to that which is thought to be exhausted.
In the fall of 2003, phase IV of Red Trees, the shrouds are exposed to the element of water. A pristine lake in Maine provides a scenic and
serene environment to cleanse the fabric and honor historic rituals of purification with water.
The shrouds were laid over the warm rocks to dry in the morning sun. Again, we are reminded of that which is wounded
and of that which can be startling in our natural landscapes.
In phase V of Red Trees, in the spring 2004, shrouds that are weakened and torn are offered to the element of the ethereal.
The pieces of Red Trees are placed in a public garden, in a grove of bamboo, so to dissipate over time.
With each thread unraveling in the breeze it returns to that which it came. With it carries the thought, the hope and the prayer,
that the passerby, the viewer, is touched to become more aware of protecting our living environment and their own unique power
to bring forth change.
1990 Peppers, Seeds, and Rotting Vegetables
1996 What I painted when I could not paint
2005 For the Birds
2007 Butterflies are free
2011 The Year The Permafrost Softened
WORKS ON PAPER
1997 The Chase
1998 Dismantled Sketchbooks
1999 Ragdale Series
2000-2004 Collage Art
2000-2004 Figure Drawing
2000-2005 Project Art
2000 Spinning Plates
2002 Fan Collages
2001 Screaming In Places Where I Can't Be heard
2005-2006 The Story of the Universe
2008 Buddha Was Here
2009 Life On Hold (NFS)
2010-2016 The Demandments (NFS)
1995-1998 Sectioned panels
1997-1998 White Paintings and Furry Work
1998 Red Dot Series
2001-2009 Wax, Wire, Gold, Globe, and Glass
2001 How Things Pile Up
2002 Retablos, oil on metal
2002-present Project Items
Historic-present Fane Items
1550-1560 Ancestral Figure Drawings
2006 Negative to Positive
2007-present Four walls*
2010-present Teacups for Reading Tea Leaves
2000-present My Crates
2004 White Sands
2006 Blue Clouds
LIBRARY OF BOOKS 2000-present
Book of Days
The Ragdale Book
Box of Tears
Pocket Full of Cries
Retablos: How I Got From Here to Here
The Fane Pamphlet
Scroll of Influence
The Story of Red Trees
Red Trees History
Red Trees Chronicle
Red Trees Prayerbook
Red Trees Kakemono
Book of Leaves
Found: Journals from the future
Books of Sense
The Wedding Program
The Wedding Book
I Must Go
Book of Stairs*
The Studio Visit Playbill*
Flower Book 2*
Studio 1: Dayton and Blackhawk
Studio 2: Hubbard and House
Project scouting and on location
Works in progress
Exhibits, happenings, homes
Studio clippings and announcements
WORLD RIVERS PROJECT overview
World Rivers: Curtain
World Rivers: Participants
World Rivers: Rivers
World Rivers: Cloth
Visit the River Log
* documentation is forthcoming
This archive is a creative history spanning two decades.
The documentation is comprised of many technological
formats ranging from slides, 4x5s, photographs, and
straddles the introduction of digital formatting of the time.
The goal was to preserve images, whether high or low resolution.