Three years ago, while opening the front doors of the house, I found my old prunus tree laying down on the soil of the front garden. As the tree was full of buds, just before it’s early spring flowering, I could not understand what happened. But at the same moment to my memory come a title of a play by Alejandro Casona, written in 1949:” Trees Die Stand”. The play was a metaphor of human behaviour:
“Do not see me fall. Dead inside, but standing tall. Like a tree”, says one of the protagonists- the grandmother.
My reaction of sadness mingled with thoughts about human nature and how much we are not only part of it, but also how much we are conditioned by it, formed the foundation of the idea for this exhibition.
- ‘The artwork is candidate for contemplation and or, appreciation’, Georgie Dickie
“Trees Die Stand: Plants and Humans” focus and captures intellectual and various ways in which artists relate to nature.
The artists who take part in the exhibition, did not imitate nature, they look for creative ideas, often not unlike to that of processes of nature.
The roots, branches of trees, leaves and flowers are simplified in forms, sometime strongly exaggerated, or abstracted and united, going through metamorphosis to become a new form.
This exhibition places plants and natural world at its heart. We know, that humanity, could not live without them. “We are here by the grace of trees and forests” (Richard Powers-novelist). To be humble towards the nature, to see its beauty and its ordinariness, to observe it, to bow to trees and flowers it is sign of devotion and kind of religious act.
—— An excerpt from Freda Uziyel's text