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The Tree

The central Tree is alive with knowledge and images, growing out of a hillside with a smaller, bare tree at the far top of the hill. The wavy dunes of the desert hilltop merge into computer circuits, then into damaged books, bones, and tunnels full of inhabitants; all are the Tree's roots. Two different kinds of pre-contemporary cameras are ready on either side. The Tree grows up through the sky to the heavens. Microbes, bats, and leaves fly from its leaves, where crowds live and worship. This is the first collage-painting I did in this style, and it is particularly close to me. I explored ways of fusing together images and meanings that continue to inspire my work. Rich in mythological and symbolic meanings, the strong Tree rises from nourishment towards many forms of knowledge. Mortality and vitality grow together.

24" x 30"


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