Tree Series

Sophie Shaw

Central Black I, 2018

Giclée print, 420x595mm

(inc. two inch white border)

Central Black II, 2018

Giclée print, 420x595mm

(inc. two inch white border)

Central Black III, 2018

Giclée print, 420x595mm

(inc. two inch white border)

Central Blue, 2018

Giclée print, 320x350mm

(inc. two inch white border)

Black and Red, 2017

Giclée Print, 210x297mm

(inc. two inch white border)

Left Black II, 2017

Giclée print, 420x595mm

(inc. two inch white border)

These images are made up tracings from black and white photographs of trees taken from vintage books and magazines. Between the graininess of the image, the picture coming through from the other side and the low levels of the light box, the image being traced was not always clear. The tracings became an exercise in trust and patience, working on one small part at any time without much of a sense of how the final image would look in the end. What emerged was a series of images which have a natural organic rhythm, resembling vast river systems seen from the air, or parts of a nervous system seen through a microscope.

 

Repeating this process revealed different details within the original image, parts previously hidden were suddenly navigable and vice versa, and layering these up brought new dimensions to the bigger picture, bringing the tree back to life as if emerging through a heavy fog. The graph paper became a container, and seemed to point to our need to measure and map however unquantifiable the steps we take may be.

A process of emergence:

 

© Sophie Shaw, 2018

sophielshaw@gmail.com

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