Ekphrasis - Tree Conversations
Poems written in response to the exhibition Conversations With Trees - networking with the world wide wood, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, 8 February - 3 May 2020.
As Above So Below - Nancy Tingey 2019 (pictured below)
Shiny filaments of polyester
Static yet sprouting
spindly roots and branches
Fibre from the techno-sphere
rendered into an
exclamation of grasses
Avian sounds playing in the background
at odds with these synthetic forms
woven, meshed, bound
coiled, spun, and splayed.
in their perfect glossy blackness,
to come from soil.
Jan Pittard© 2020
Picnic for the for the Trees - Dotti le Sage 2020
Intercontinental Picnic - Dotti le Sage 2020
The artist says she is illustrating
our symbiotic, ceremonial and social connections with trees.
She has superimposed images
of classic vessels and bric-a-brac shop china
on screen prints of plantation timber.
Strange to see a picnic site
set with genie bottles and Doultonware
Where are our discarded soft drink bottles,
Maccas wrappers and lethal plastic straws?
Have they charred with the perished forest
in the fires?
These pictures remain.
Jan Pittard© 2020
Peeling Away Series I – V - Christine Appleby 2018 (pictured above)
Calico tinsel spirals
suspended tubes and cylinders
dancing threadbare weaves
with copper sheen
suspended with wires
to hold their billowing forms
Gallery lights cast inevitable shadows,
less subtle versions of your tactile selves
‘Coiling shapes of peeling, falling bark’ says the artist...
Your lustre is like no chalky gum tree surface I have seen;
you belong to a submarine realm.
Through the camera
less solid still,
strands no longer distinct
blurs of putty and saffron
like imploding fungi
Improvisation on a theme?
Interpretation of a brief?
Word on object.
Parasite on parasite.