"One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds." - Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
Three Trees looks to narrate fraught and fragile human relationships to trees through material choices and making processes.
Willow, classed as a ‘Weed of National Significance’ has been harvested and carved to reflect and mourn past mistakes, that have caused irreconcilable damage. Agricultural debris and old plastic tree guards present a way to consider current conservation and regeneration efforts and the complexities of our impact on the environment.
The exhibition responds to three individual trees, and through highly involved making processes, seeks to heighten their importance.
Cara Johnson completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (First Class Honours) at RMIT University in 2016. She resides in the Otways in Victoria’s southwest, and is a PhD Candidate at RMIT where she is examining narratives of land management, through a craft based practice.