Birch Tree




Paper, encasutic, charcoal
16'' x 3.5" x 22'




When I was working at the Banff residency in the winter of 2007, they were burning bush and trees along the trails. There were 7 to 8 huge bonfires, sometimes twenty feet tall, all burning at the same time. It had a surreal quality; the snow and the fire receding into the woods.

Inspired by this experience, I wanted to create a sculpture that used the ash from these fires. The birch tree is made of individual tubes of paper joined together, giving the impression that the tree has been taken apart and reassembled. The surface is made of beeswax. The ash shadow is made from the remnants from the fire pits.