Bhava

I believe that trees are the most sacred inhabitants of the earth.   They are the silent witnesses to human life. I
connect on a higher level with some trees more than others, and therefore focus my artwork around them.  In
the winter of 2012 one of those trees, a liquidambar, was cut down on my graduate school campus.  I stood in
its pile of sawdust, devastated.  There wasn’t much left beyond a few tiny branches and some seed pods.
The word Bhava is the Buddhist term for “becoming”, and I have used it as the title of this series.  It is used
when describing re-birthing. I have taken a single cast curve from the original liquidambar tree, which I had
done prior to its killing, and reconfigured it.  The series maps out the reincarnation or “revivification”, of the
tree. Beginning with a single seed, each work represents a different stage of germination for the tree.  The
sculptures are comprised of recycled pallet wood, and fabric dyed with sawdust.  The body of work
culminates with
Samsara made of textiles dyed from the liquidambar’s original seedpods.
Bhava: Womb
2013
Reclaimed pallets, fibers dyed with sawdust
39” x 21 ½” x 3 ½”  
Bhava: Birthing
2013
Reclaimed pallets, fibers dyed with sawdust
39” x 38” x 3 ½”
 
Bhava: Toddler
2013
Reclaimed pallets, fibers dyed with sawdust
63 ½” x 58 ½” x 1”  
Bhava: Adult
2013
Reclaimed pallets, fibers dyed with sawdust
81 ½” x 37” x 1 ¼”  
 
Bhava: Samsara
2013
Reclaimed pallets, fibers dyed with sawdust
10” x 10” x 13”