Trees and the flora and fauna around them have always been an inspiration, but in the last year or so they have influenced my work more and more. Reading books such as Richard Powers’s Overstory and Lars Mytting’s The Sixteen Trees of the Somme has fed ideas of trees as seers of history and as metaphors for our own lives. I am particularly fascinated at present by the parts of the whole - leaves, blossom, seeds and nuts - which embody the moments of change in the tree’s birth, life and death. Research about trees joining resources and communicating in the air around and the soil beneath us in the whimsically titled Wood Wide Web of roots, fungi, hormones and bacteria has fascinated me and is informing ideas for new work about networks, sharing and communication. We are so lucky to live in a county rich with rural resources and, as ever, my twice-daily (even in lockdown I'm afraid to say) Oxfordshire dog walks have provided a great deal of inspiration for this year’s work.
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