Stump #171, Monoprint, 36cm x 30cm


Stump #171 is from an ongoing Series of over 200 Monoprints called the Tree Portraits, and originates from a photo of one of many dead stumps on Wanstead Flats.

London’s Pollarded Street Trees (predominantly Lime & Plane, chosen for their resilience to pollution) recently became something of a multi-valent representation to me of so many things we do/don’t know about Ecology, & Nature’s Real place in our world.​

Stump #171 viewed from the bottom left
Stump #171 viewed from the bottom left

Their appearance defines an ongoing relationship with Man; indeed, many of them have a cartoon human appearance, with distinct heads, arms & bodies; and because of this back & forth, dynamic process of growth & removal over time the Trees seem to dance in a particular direction, as they struggle (vainly) to grow bigger, both outwards & upwards. They seem to me like huge Bonsai.​

There are wonderful areas where growth & weight make the Trees bulge & the bark appears more like a liquid, flowing down around the younger pollarded areas with gravity. This can only really be appreciated from the base, looking straight up.​

This gets more interesting to me regarding the process of printing them, & the subject, the longer I do them.​

There’s a certain rhythm to doing these in such volume – I’ve tried to represent every tree in my surrounding Streets – the repetition of shapes, forms, movement & texture reminds me of a cruder form of Chinese Sung painting, where Artists would spend years representing birds, flowers & landscapes thousands of times, until the process takes over & that Subject metamorphoses, & almost becomes something else.​

the latter of the Series, this included have moved out of the Streets, & into the Parks & Woodlands as my Research further informs the Project, & my interest in the wider Ecology

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Stump #171 in situ

Additional information

Weight 120 g
Dimensions 30 × 0.1 × 36 cm


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