Pine Desk with Veneer, Wellington (1/5)
Macpherson, Mary Date
2011-2013 See full details
Working with botanical ecologist Jonathan Kennett, the artist has said, she realised how much our cultural choices have determined what the landscape contains, and how much of a commodity trees are made to be. ‘Our cities often contain beautiful tree settings, yet, if you look a little deeper, what grows in a city or the countryside may be a choice of inhabitants or Councils acting on the values of the time. As I worked, I became aware of how much we use wood. It seemed that one day a tree could be growing and the next—poof—split into lumber for a house or fence palings.’
In Pine Desk with Veneer, Macpherson presents the object made of wood, tucked into the lee of a tree’s exposed and gnarly root system. Separately they are both aesthetically pleasing objects, and together they make a composition that reminds us of the quirky and enjoyable moments and sights of urban life. But also, their pairing encourages thoughts or memories of shelter and our special contact with particular trees, along with the choices we make as we inhabit cities and impact our natural environment.
Framed with anti-UV glass
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