Tree Talk: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, March 24
United States: 12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET
Europe: 20:00 GMT Australia: 7am AEDT, Friday, March 25
Robert Dash, Walter Lewis, Maria Whiteman, Kathleen Brigidina
The entanglements of a forest are vast, complex and mysterious. Today artists seek to understand and express the interconnectedness of trees with all living beings. Members included in the online exhibition and book Embodied Forest will share their diverse artworks and ideas about our human relationship with trees and forests.
For our March 2022 Tree Talk, Robert Dash will share his lifelong love up-close nature and use of a scanning electron microscope and photography to explore "micro landscapes" of the stomata on tree leaves, flower petals and more. Walter Lewis will present Tree Lines, an anthology of short audio-visual poems created from images made in British woodland, which explores the phenomenological experience of trees. Maria Whiteman will discuss Transspecies, her series emerged from the concept of the wood wide web, which emphasizes the healing properties of fungi, mushrooms, and mycelia, pointing out that they affirm our entanglement with other species. Kathleen Brigidina will speak about TreeSisters' charitable mission to reforest the planet and empower Nature-Based Leadership; embracing a consciousness shift to becoming a Restorer Species.
Tree Talk is moderated by Sant Khalsa, ecofeminist artist and activist, whose work has focused on critical environmental and societal issues including forests and watersheds for four decades.
Co-sponsored by Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts
Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.
Gif Images: ©Robert Dash, Canadian Yew Stomata, 2017; ©Walter Lewis, Tree Lines, 2020-2021; ©Maria Whiteman, Transspecies, 2021.
Robert Dash's lifelong love of up-close nature, starting with frogs, tadpoles, and ant farms, ultimately inspired his use of a scanning electron microscope to explore “micro landscapes,” where he takes an hour to travel the width of a pinhead while focused on a leaf. This led to his work examining stomata on tree leaves, flower petals and more. These extraordinary structures help drive the climate, and oxygen and water cycles. They make striking art. Dash is an educator and award-winning photographer whose work features micro nature with macro impact. His work has been published by National Geographic, TIME, Lenswork, and Buzzfeed, and has exhibited in the US and overseas. Dash’s On An Acre Shy of Eternity won the Nautilus Book Awards Gold for Photography, and Best of Self Published. His traveling exhibition about food and climate change is, "Food for Thought/ Micro Views of Sustenance: Threats and Prospects." robertdashphotography.com
Image: ©Robert Dash, Canadian Yew Stomata, 2017, Photography, 24 x 16 inches
Walter Lewis' Tree Lines is an anthology of short audio-visual poems created from images made in British woodland, which explores the phenomenological experience of trees. The aim is to trigger contemplative reflection of our sensibility to the world around us. The work can be accessed here. Individual sequences are independent of each other, and can be viewed in any order, and in any time frame. Lewis is a photographer and wanderer. He makes and curates photographs of the world around us aiming to create "visual poems" which explore our metaphysical relationship with the world and hopefully awaken change. It’s a practice borne out of belief in the need for a new and revitalizing respect for the Earth and each other – the need for a new spiritual sensibility. spiritoftheland.co.uk
Image: ©Walter Lewis, Tree Lines, 2020-2021, Soundscaped visual poems with video, various lengths.
Maria Whiteman's Transspecies series emerged from the concept of the wood wide web’s entanglement with the forest; it narrates a story about discovering the fungal kingdom and “going fungal.” Transspecies emphasize the healing properties of fungi, mushrooms, and mycelia, pointing out that they affirm our entanglement with other species. Attached to the man’s body are turkey tails, a traditional Chinese medicine used to boost the immune system. In addition, trans-species speaks about the mycorrhizal and saprotrophic relationship fungi has to trees and plants. Maria Whiteman’s current art practice explores themes such as art and science, relationships between industry, natural energy, community and nature, and the place of animals in our cultural and social imaginary. Whiteman is the Artist in Social Practice, Visiting scholar at the Environmental Resilience Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington 2018-present. mariawhiteman.squarespace.com
Image: ©Maria Whiteman, Transspecies, Digital photograph printed on backlit film, 34 x 24 inches
Kathleen Brigidina will speak about TreeSisters’ charitable mission to reforest the planet and empower Nature-Based Leadership. Embracing a consciousness shift to becoming a Restorer Species, currently planting 23,000,000 trees to make giving back normal. By joining their Full Moon gatherings, indigenous wisdom and creative InnerView Calls, becoming a Grove Tender, or Business Partner. How listening and responding to the needs of the people in our planting communities, also brings change that improves quality of life. As TreeSisters Artist Liaison and Community Engagement Coordinator, Brigidina facilitates the online community, an inspired space for everyone to gather and cocreate a better future by remembering the truth of our interbeingness with the Earth, Trees and all of life. Hosting TreeSisters Creative InnerViews and “Liberating Our Creative Voice for Earth” Creative Journeys, believing creativity is the voice of Nature coming through us and our greatest power to bring change alongside love. treesisters.org