Becky Clawson, “The Tree Inside”



Erin Moore
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Tree Inside
Book board, muslin, wire, paper, beeswax, flax, watercolor
30″L x 12″W x 18″H

Artist Statement

What is a book to a tree? At best, nothing, and—at worst?
Was a thank you even offered to the trees before—cut, cleaned, and chipped to pulp—they became the paper and board that made this piece?
I suppose this piece is a stab at belated thanks. A traditional book form felt insulting under the circumstances. Instead, I looked to the form of trees themselves, and to the chasm we create when we fail to nurture our relationships with the wider, natural world.