Nature is a temple where living pillars
Sometimes let out confused words.
Man passes there through forests of symbols
Which observe him with a familiar gaze.
From Correspondences by Charles Baudelaire
I want to articulate a correspondence of dwelling and forests; how forest imagery can evoke deep feelings of emotional attachment or of abandon to nature and, perhaps, determine how much we care. Through a series of installations incorporating objects, photography and video, I explore correspondences between historical and contemporary attitudes and uses of the land, specifically the forest. These are landscapes with signs of human presence, either human beings figuratively or as evidence of living in the land (dwellings, shelters, fences, roads and paths).
Legends told of abandon within the forest enclosure render the familiar world uncanny. As in Baudelaire’s words, we do not understand the language anymore. Our forests, still possessing a formidable presence as symbolic forests, observe, guardians of our origins and ancient correspondences, however lost or forgotten.