Sacred Trees

The Sacred Tree motif is found in various forms in mythology and religion throughout the world. Chlorophyll molecules, like angels at the entrance to Eden, guard against the passage of most visible light through the leaves of trees, permitting leaves to show up in photographs only in their usual tones. But invisible light in the infrared spectrum is freely allowed to pass, and to be reflected by the leaves’ internal structures. Using a specially modified camera, this profound but secret luminance can be revealed and visualized. The artist invites you to contemplate the place of the sacred in the world today and its relationship to aesthetics, through the motif of the Sacred Tree, informed by the themes of the hidden and the revealed.

To explore and question the distinction between the common and the extraordinary, the trees that instantiate the motif in this work were chosen from some of the everyday locations that the artist frequents.