12th July – 5th August 2017
Abstract images gleaned from two very different tree types are glimpses offered as a metaphor or allegory for the countless racial, cultural and personality differences in ourselves, the human race.
One is a rain forest tree, a weeping Ficus with huge smooth muscular sensuous limbs bearing a canopy of quite small bright green leaves. It sprouts an abundance of aerial roots which on reaching the ground often form buttresses around the main trunk.
The other tree is the Casuarina, which usually has a straight upward trunk with brown textured bark. It does not have leaves. The needle like ‘foliage’ often sombre, which hangs in loose bunches is formed of miniature branchlets. When they die and fall off they form a soft brown carpet around the tree base.
I have been affected by the caring gentleness and sensitivity of the long dead Japanese scientist, poet and Buddhist philosopher Kenji Kurazawa (1896-1933) dismissed in his day as an eccentric misfit but now actually revered in Japan. He believed in the inter-connectedness of all things – not only sentient beings and all other life forms but inert matter, rocks and earth, also the atmosphere, water, sea, snow and ice etc. and that the actions or changes in one affects everything else. He warned of the dangers of living in disharmony with nature and its resulting portent that we could be the cause of our own demise. He also believed that until all people are happy there is no individual happiness.