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‘Treeline1:2’ art installation Värmland, Sweden, May 2013

‘Treeline1:2’ art installation Värmland, Sweden, May 2013
COBS Värmland Sweden May 2013
COBS Värmland Sweden May 2013
COBS Värmland Sweden May 2013
COBS Värmland Sweden May 2013
COBS Värmland Sweden May 2013

Treeline 1:2 Värmland Sweden May 2013‘Treeline1:2’ was created in a remote area of previously felled natural forest in Värmland, Sweden. Representing echoes of lost forests and re-emerging ecosystems on the edge of the lake, it featured unused canvas from the ‘Treeline 1:1’ installation created in the Forêt des Maures, Provence, in 2012. link here

I’ve been working on interrelated series of artworks inspired by areas of native woodland and wetland for a number of years. Boundary lines that separate, link, divide, protect or connect people and places are central themes in my work. Since childhood I see hedges as remnants of ancient forests; pathways sheltering wildlife and connecting diminishing areas of woodland. There is invariably a link, tangible or intangible, between the conceptual statements inherent in the installations and my paintings and photographs.

The engagement and dialogue between subject, created object and my own journey informs my approach to and understanding of the creative process. For me reading the landscape - listening and seeing - with an open mind is similar to the way one approaches a new work of art hanging in a gallery. Slowly finding points of reference; focusing on one element after another until a story or statement - a deeper awareness or understanding - is reached.

Treeline 1:2 Värmland Sweden May 2013On each journey there comes a point where the photographic journal recording the ‘dialogue’ captures a moment of insight. Over time these individual ‘insights’ create a pattern: some images are understated, others intensely abstract. This ‘dialogue’ with natural environments also finds expression in my painting.

Boundaries symbolise creativity as connecting lines between and around individual or collective cultural identities. They offer glimpses of other states of being and perceptions. Photographs shown in the Index Gallery during Avenue Festival and an art installation in Sweden encapsulate this concept.

Where possible the art installation and collaborative work I undertake reflects the 'slow movement' ethos: embracing diversity and creativity; valuing local cultural and natural heritage; and exploring new ways of promoting sustainable development.

 

Treeline 1:2, cobs, art installation, Värmland Sweden May 2013
between two spaces: sonic echoes, cobs, photograph Värmland Sweden May 2013
between two spaces: birch and sky, cobs, photograph, Värmland Sweden May 2013
between two spaces: water tension, cobs, photograph, Värmland Sweden May 2013
between two spaces: treeline, cobs, photograph, Värmland Sweden May 20133
between two spaces: sunrise, cobs, photograph, Värmland Sweden May 2013

  © Chris O'Brien Shanahan 2006- 2014, all images, paintings, photographs © Christine O'Brien Shanahan