I have always been intrigued in the physical and metaphoric nature of trees. In my work I challenge these ideas by linking the life and death of tree to the life and death of humans. By manipulating the natural qualities of trees, I change these mundane and often over looked objects into something that questions our ideas of what tree mean to us.
My work reveals how humans depend on the strength of wood, provided by trees, to make every day life possible. I also question that relationship by visually presenting what would happen if that rigidity no longer existed.
In this body of work I show the power of nature, trees in particular, by enveloping the human form with branches, then taking the human form away, allowing the tree to demonstrate its steadfastness.
I also raise the question of how our perception of and dependence on nature would change if, upon death, trees fell limp as humans do. I show this by distorting the branches to appear as though the inherent structure of wood is gone.
Andy Myers, 2017
Craighead Green Gallery
1011 Dragon Street
Dallas, Texas 75207