Sometimes when doing this type of art, nature gives you a lot of materials but no canvas to work with and other times you get a huge canvas and no materials. In this case I was lucky to get both in the one site. This location is a creek called "Eatons Crossing" on the outskirts of Brisbane .

This tree sits alone in the middle of a field in stark contrast to the density of the forest that surrounds it. When working with natural materials, the material sometimes determines what the work will become and other times the space is the determining factor - in this case it was the space between the two trunks.


On one level, this work is a gradient of texture - the soft supple stems are at the bottom of the trunk and it progresses to tough old branches. This is the same process with all of natural life on this earth - starting out soft and ending up old and tough. In this work, although I had a general idea of what I wanted to achieve, the elements and gravity determined how it would come together. I could not bend the old branches into the small space at the bottom and the thin flexible fibers would not hold at the top. As a graphic or a sculpture in the land, this work resembles an eye. I try to avoid making icons or known structures in my land art however this reference came about through the natural development of the work. I like the concept that between the space and the void of these two trunks is something that is very much connected to the trees themselves. Put another way, the space in which the tree is growing is just as important as the tree itself.