Tree Art; the art of creating a tree, or art made with a tree, or the art made by a tree.
From a distance it looks just like any other tree you just past, however on the moment, you stand still and look, something more looks around the corner than just a tree.
The instant becomes a growing gallery of artistic work with more than just one aspect. One tree, once planted by somebody in the woods, started to grow and alter her own appearance, her own beauty.
The viewer looks and says out loud now; “How did she do that” this is certainly seen as a sign of good art, by many people in the art world.
It isn’t art to make something of which everybody says; how clever, it is an art to make something you don’t understand. (Het is geen kunst om iets te maken waarvan iedereen zegt wat knap het is eenkunst om iets te maken waarvan jezelf niets snapt. Herman van Veen)
Have a good look at the above photo and see how the tree grew an ‘armrest’ two big branches connected by one small branch which grows into both of them. Why and how it happened the artist does not tell us, no little white label next to the sculpture, not even a title to give a hint of what we, as viewer, should expect from the art work.
As with all sculptures you can walk around the sculpture to see a totally different aspect. The artist has given a new meaning to 3D, every part of the sculpture tells a different story. Why did she alter her allure this way, who was she trying to seduce with her beauty?
Perhaps she wants to bewitch the Daffodil to grow underneath her with her narcissistic behaviour.
According to the art critic it improves the foundation of the sculpture so it can get easier support from potential designers. A very professional point of view, but how many planners will be draw in by these fascinated quality of senses.
A woman tells the reporter, she doesn’t really understand the art but this is sure a sculpture with grace.
Why this tree did grow this way will never be revealed, but no artist can create such an abstract piece of work full of sensitivity, no matter how hard we try.
Creating art with trees, making living sculptures is not new, willow and other fast growing trees are great collaborators.
The art created by the tree her self can’t be matched by human hands, we just try to copy.
The aesthetic value of the work of the tree has no number, no words attached, no explanation in the form of an artists statement. The work shows the creation of chaos to exhibit elegance which humans only see in fairytales. Chaos making structure without categorising elements.
I don’t think that many people will see the tree as an artist without connecting it to a fairytale. Yet, I saw an artist and i have no idea how she did it.