Storm
 
     
 
 
 

The 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.

In Family Tree, forests and trees also stand in for the connections and construction of familial relationships. However, in a new kind of family tree, I image trees that are sometimes green and sturdy, sometimes threatened, fragile, 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.

 
     
 
Bubble House
Forest Home
Greenhouse
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
Arboretum
 
     
 
Tangled
Limbs
Divided Self
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
Hardwood
 
     
 
Her Children
Roots
Contact
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
Forest
 
     
 
Totem
A Daughter
Two Leaves
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
Stone