Archive for April, 2022

Photo, story, and celebration by Amanda Love

The Dawn Redwood was thought to be extinct until 1940, when it was re-discovered in central China. The species was on the edge of extinction due to genetic bottlenecking, their isolation having weakened them near the point of collapse. When I think about that in relation to human life – we too suffer when isolated – I see clear parallels. These last pandemic years have clearly illustrated the crucial importance of community, engagement and diversity to our well being.  In the images, you see a genetically diverse plantation of the Metasequoia. They are reaching out, connecting, just like us humans. 

TREE TIME is a celebration of nature, community & the arts with Amanda Love.

Tree Time is a series of images of the Metasequoia (Dawn Redwood)  species taken over three years during the time I was artist in residence at The Dawes Arboretum. This species is prehistoric, its origin dating back 60 million years. That vast amount of time and history is something I have a hard time relating to human time. The history of this species has inspired me to create metaphors for human life and time.

Tree Time is a community art installation that will be on display in a multitude of public venues in Licking County, Ohio. The viewer will have an opportunity to  take the art home with them from the installation. Making art accessible to all ages.

One night only preview event, Tree Time.    

Friday, April 29, 2022  

from 7-9pm  

The Bank, 42 N. 3rd Street, Newark, OH 43055     

Nosh by Ghostwriter 

Beverages by Seek-No-Further Cidery  

 Following the event, Tree Time installation will be experienced  throughout many public locations in Licking County. 100% of proceeds from ticket sales and support will allow the project to be free for the community to enjoy at these locations. Business or personal donations valued at $500 or more will receive special recognition at the preview event and at each of the Tree Time Licking County locations. 

Thank you in advance for your support

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Artist Book by Nita Padamsee

The Warli Painting traditions in Maharashtra are among the finest examples of the folk style paintings. The Warli tribe is one of the largest indigenous tribes of India, living in both mountainous and coastal areas along the MaharashtraGujarat border. It is believed that the Warli carry on a tradition stretching back to 2500 or 3000 BCE. The Warli culture is centered on the concept of Mother Nature and elements of wildlife are often focal points depicted in Warli folk art.

Having been brought up in Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, I was exposed to this art since I was a kid. Unfortunately, I didn’t delve into this art form until I took a class last year with Sampada Kodagali Agarwal, who brought back the love I had always felt towards this art form done by the Warli people.

Warli painting is a simple, ancient and an eloquent way to express one’s thoughts and emotions. Only with some simple drawings and the use of two contrasting colors, a lot can be expressed. For this book, I used the brand “Khadi Papers” made in India from cotton, grown in the state of Karnataka. The word “Khadi” means hand-spun cloth, but unlike your average cloth, the word “Khadi” holds a very special place in India’s movement towards freedom and independence.

The flora and fauna of Warli art has always fascinated me, so when I read this paragraph from Katherine May’s book, ‘WINTERING’, I felt I was able to combine my love for calligraphy, lettering and Warli art into this accordion book to tell a story. Just as the author Rilke reverenced winter as the season for tending to the inner garden of the soul, Katherine May writes about “Resilience, the Wisdom of Sadness, and How the Science of Trees Illuminates the Art of Self-Renewal Through Difficult Times. May observes, with life-tested clarity, is the key to wintering — to emerge from the coldest seasons of the soul not only undiminished but revitalized.” 

The excerpt I chose for the accordion book was one in which May draws an analogy between the human experience and trees: “The tree is waiting. It has everything ready. Its fallen leaves are mulching the forest floor, and its roots are drawing up the extra winter moisture, providing a firm anchor against seasonal storms. Its ripe cones and nuts are providing essential food in this scarce time for mice and squirrels, and its bark is hosting hibernating insects and providing a source of nourishment for hungry deer. It is far from dead. It is in fact the life and soul of the wood. It’s just getting on with it quietly. It will not burst into life in the Spring. It will just put on a new coat and face the world again.”

by Nita Padamsee

Take a closer look!

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