Laura Petrovich-Cheney, All Trees of Wood Shout for Joy, 2009, wood, roots, threaded rod, steel cable, variable

These forms are linear and textural. I have reconstituted the idea of tree, or even a forest, by constructing and deconstructing wood. Using branches, limbs and roots that were found during my walks, I cut and stacked them to express the vigor and power of nature. The viewer is presented with an anthromorphic nature- the wood is stacked like spinal columns. Each tree is an individual within a community. My trees hang from the ceiling and confuse the horizon line; they don’t have branches, they swing when they are touched. This new kind of forest, which asks the viewer to traverse in an altered, manipulated space and questions our place in the world.

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