SAFE ARBOR VIII
The last few years have seen a confluence of movement, votes and decisions that have raised questions about how we wish to live and the quality of life we should expect. In a world of changing boundaries and allegiances we all recognise the desire to feel safe, and to have the opportunity to reside in a place where we are comfortable, welcomed and at home.
This series of Symmetrees asks for a little time to reflect on these desires. For those who already have it, the comfort of a home is something to cling to. For others, without the good fortune, somewhere to call home is an elusive place. For all, let’s create a canopy of comfort and relish a ‘Safe Arbor’.
Many of the Symmetree pieces are created from a number of photographs. Mark would typically walk around the oak tree taking up to 12 photographs. They would then be combined together.
Graphite finished frame – 78 x 78cm
Archival print with tin leaf in resin
There are many ancient trees in and around the Weald of Kent. Like the Oak Tree at Badsell Park Farm, some are isolated within a farmed field. Mark began an ongoing project in 2013, which to date has produced photographic, mixed media and sculptural studies. The project sets out to interpret the effects of factors like light, weather and time on the life and death of the tree.
After nearly 300 years of growth, the tree was toppled by storm Katie in the spring of 2016. This event hasn’t stopped Mark working on the project. Sections of the tree are seasoning and are being applied in the artwork. They range from charring, creating charcoal, chipping, making oak dust and sculpting.