Humans have evolved in the last 200,000 years from co-inhabiting earth with all other life forms on a relatively even playing field to becoming the most aggressively invasive species in the history of the planet. Our unique intellect distinguishes us from other species, but seems to have come with one important element missing – responsible self-regulation. Our sense of connectedness to the planet and its inhabitants has all but left us, leaving only an insatiable hunger for more….. at the expense of life itself.
Trees co-inhabit territory in a very different and collective way. No individual’s needs are met without a direct connection to the wellbeing of the whole and even competition is collaborative.… something humans might learn from and perhaps be saved by. I layer my silk-screened photographs of ancient trees onto wood veneers with additional drawing, painting and printing. My personal visual language illustrates nature’s urgings, increasingly gone unheard by the ears, minds and hearts of those who inhabit and dominate her.
Patricia Underwood participated in the June Virtual Art Exhibitions. Click here to watch the recording of the live Meet-the-Artist event.