I’m in the process of finishing a piece that I’ve been working on for a while. The focus of the piece is a tree with no leaves. I’ve noticed that many textile artists do renditions of the tree, with and without leaves. It’s different from landscape painters who paint trees because it’s usually in a context and yet the tree is still prominent. Leave are another obvious favorite of artists and textile artists can paint them, stitch them, and applique them just to name a few options.
Why is the tree so prominent in our art? Why does it show up in so many artist’s collections? I believe we have an undeniable connection to nature and the tree is symbolic across cultures. It’s possible to attribute so many meanings to the tree and overall they reflect life and being rooted in the earth. Our modern day society does suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder and one way to correct that on the psychospiritual level is for it to be prominent in our art.
As I look at this piece I notice how prominent the tree is in the work. It is the work! It’s painted black against a background of many shades of green so it stands out quite boldly. The tree having no leaves is just sharing one phase of the annual cycle of the tree. It does look as though it has burned in a fire, but at the time of creation that wasn’t the intent. The intent was for the tree to be bold.
Look around at how many artists you know have created tree pieces. It’s indicative of our collective consciousness spotlighting our interdependence and the connected nature of the Universe.