traditional family tree is often represented as symmetrical, mature
and strong. The stylized tree that has stood for family represents
only one idea, one construction, and is an invention as much as
it is a convention.
forests and trees also stand in for the connections and construction
relationships. However, in a new kind of family tree, I image
trees that are sometimes green and sturdy, sometimes threatened,
uprooted, and struggling. Trees, limbs and leaves face the elements,
suggesting a wide variety of metaphors for the lived experience
of familial love and loss.
In these images, I present the natural not as something perfect
or harmonious, but as a place suitable for narratives of the unexpected
and the temporal.