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    • Thursday, September 30, 2021
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    Tree Talk: Artists Speak For Trees

    Thursday, September 30

    United States: 10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

    EUROPE: Scotland/Ireland/England/Belgium/Germany/Portugal: 18:00 BST

    Sara Ekholm Eriksson, Alicia Escott, Krista Leigh Steinke, Karen Marston

    The entanglements of a forest are vast, complex and mysterious. Today artists seek to understand and express the interconnectedness of trees with all living beings. Members included in the online exhibition and book Embodied Forest will share their diverse artworks and ideas about our human relationship with trees and forests.

    For our September 2021 Tree TalkSara Ekholm Eriksson will present her work Growth Rings, which tells the story of climatic changes during the lifetime of a 2400-year-old Sequoia tree. Alicia Escott will share her work with Live Oaks, examining the interface of human-built structures in ecologies evolved to burn. Krista Leigh Steinke will discuss her photographic project On the breath of a forest based in rural New York, where homemade pinhole cameras are distributed throughout a forest and left outside to be weathered by the elements. Karen Marston will speak about her recent series Fire Season inspired by the devastating mega fires raging from Australia to California and Siberia.

    Tree Talk is moderated by Sant Khalsa, ecofeminist artist and activist, whose work has focused on critical environmental and societal issues including forests and watersheds for four decades.
    Co-sponsored by Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts

    Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for a $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.

    Image: Sara Ekholm Eriksson, Årsringar (Growth Rings), 2019–20; Alicia Escott, Disarticulated Production, 2021; Krista Leigh Steinke, On the breath of a forest, 2014-ongoing; Karen Marston, Fountain, 2020.


    Sarah Ekholm Eriksson's work Growth Rings incorporates the 2400-year-old Sequoia tree section positioned at the Swedish Museum of Natural History. Through a projection on the tree, the artwork tells the story of climatic changes during its lifetime until now by mixing quotes from the impersonated tree’s own experiences and facts known to us from climate research on trees. Ekholm Eriksson is an MA student at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, Sweden. She is interested in depicting scientific and ecological processes through installations with a wide spectrum of media and materials such as water, plants, wood, stone, and video. Eriksson often engages in collaborations and has previously worked with researchers, ecologists, biologists, musicians, and art historians. saraekholmeriksson.com

    Image: Sara Ekholm Eriksson, Årsringar (Growth Rings), 2019–20, video projection, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm

    Alicia Escott's work with Live Oaks examines the interface of human-built structures in ecologies evolved to burn. The work references gold-rush-era legacies of extraction, displacement and extinction, and subsequent gold-rushes (real-estate/technology). The meditation on these fire evolved trees oscillates from regeneration and possibly to desperation. The promise of acorns drawn on plastic from construction sites melted to form a new join of things torn apart: the unsettled convergence of human homes and non-human homes amid land coevolved with fire. Escott’s work has been shown in 100+ art institutions, galleries, and alternative spaces— including the Headlands, Berkeley Arts Center, YBCA, Berkeley Art Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbra. She/they have been Artist in Residence at Recology, The Growlery, Djerassi, Anderson Ranch, Lucid Art and Irving Street Projects. Escott is a founding member of 100 Days Action and The Bureau of Linguistical Reality. Her/their work has been in the Economist, The New Yorker, KQED, MOMUS, SFChronicle, and many others. aliciaescott.com

    Image: Alicia Escott, Disarticulated Production, 2021, Approx 7 x 10 x 8 feet total, ink hand drawn on construction plastic vinyl, apple earbuds, burt pic pipe from the Sonoma fires, burt iPhone chargers, gold, like oak branches, madrone branches, redwood branches

    Krista Leigh Steinke's work, situated between the photographic and the abstract, presents poetic reflections on time, place, perception, and the interconnection between human experience and the natural world. Her project, On the breath of a forest is based in rural New York, where homemade pinhole cameras are distributed throughout a forest and left outside to be weathered by the elements. The resulting work draws parallels to the human body, portraying the forest as a living creature. Steinke is an interdisciplinary lens-based artist and educator working in photography, moving image, collage, and installation. She regularly exhibits and screens her work in museums, galleries, and film festivals across the country, as well as internationally. Her work has received support from a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and a Fellowship from the Howard Foundation. She divides her time between Houston, TX and rural New York state. kristasteinke.com  

    Image: Krista Leigh Steinke, On the breath of a forest, 2014-ongoing, Archival pigment prints mounted on aluminum panels, 7 x 9" panels, grid dimensions variable

    For over ten years, Karen Marston has been painting natural and not so natural disasters—and the blurring line between them—exploring a wide range of dramatic ecological phenomena effected by climate change. Her recent series, Fire Season was inspired by the devastating mega fires raging from Australia to California and Siberia. In this context the forest on fire embodies all of our fears of climate catastrophe and destruction, the majestic power and vulnerability of nature. Marston is a painter living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been seen in several recent solo exhibitions at New York's Owen James Gallery, Station Independent Projects and Storefront Bushwick among others. Marston also played an instrumental role for many years as President of the Board of NURTUREart Non-Profit. Originally from California, she earned her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and participated in the A.I.C.A. NY Studio Program. karenmarston.com

    Image: Karen Marston, Fountain, 2020, oil on paper, 20" x 26"

Past events

Thursday, September 16, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, September 09, 2021 EARTH SIGNS: September Birthday Celebration
Thursday, August 26, 2021 Forest Guardians Debrief
Thursday, August 26, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, August 19, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, August 12, 2021 Art and Climate Publications
Thursday, July 22, 2021 I AM WATER Assembly
Thursday, July 15, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, June 24, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, June 17, 2021 Climate and Fiber/Textiles
Thursday, May 20, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, May 13, 2021 Getting Off the Planet
Thursday, April 22, 2021 EARTH DAY for Trees
Thursday, March 25, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, March 11, 2021 The Human Animal Connection
Thursday, February 25, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, February 11, 2021 Art and Agriculture
Thursday, January 28, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Wednesday, January 06, 2021 Memorial for Amy Lipton (1956-2020)
Thursday, December 17, 2020 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, December 10, 2020 Art and Earth Justice
Thursday, November 19, 2020 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, November 12, 2020 ecoart TECH
Thursday, October 29, 2020 TREE TALK : Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, October 15, 2020 ecofeminism
Thursday, September 24, 2020 TREE TALK l Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, September 17, 2020 Performative Dialogues - Part Two
Thursday, September 10, 2020 Performative Dialogues - Part One
Monday, August 31, 2020 Artists Supporting Indigenous Communities
Thursday, August 27, 2020 TREE TALK l Joshua Trees
Sunday, August 09, 2020 Atomic Dialogues
Thursday, July 30, 2020 TREE TALK
Sunday, June 28, 2020 My Life in Art: Bonnie Ora Sherk with Patricia Lea Watts
Friday, June 12, 2020 Performative Ecologies
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 THE GREAT PAUSE 2020 l Earth Day Dialogues

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