I realised that from my seated position I was looking up more as I rolled around the woodlands near my home and consequently the artwork that I made was from photographs of these wonderfully drawn lacings of the upper branches and twigs.
Whilst the tree tops can weave a filigree fingered dance against a background sky, follow the branches to their core to reveal some intense patterning possibilities.
I began to focus more on the bases of the trees, the twisting trunks and bitten bark, home to a multitude of busy beings. What I discovered was a whole new potential for design. The leafy forgrounds were also included to complement the arid appearance of the bark. The emerging constellations resembled textiles, tribal tracings and billowing banners. Who knows, maybe next time it'll be all about the roots!
Its been a long long time since my last/first post. I can only say that its not for lack of something to say!
In the early months of my newly incapacitated state 3 years ago I searched my mind for what I missed the most. If I could only do one thing that I wasn't able to do at that time what would it be? Well, walk is the most obvious answer but, aside from that, I knew without doubt that it was to be among trees.
I had worked for an arts organisation based in a forest and subsequently set up, with a few colleagues from that organisation, a new Community Interest Company called Outdoor Studios that provides artist-led workshops for creative experiential learning exploring environment, landscape, and place. My love of trees is deeply ingrained and so absolutely necessary to me I knew I had to reconnect.
The digital artworks I started to make during lockdown look at the frustrations around the distance from nature that I keenly experienced. The Unlocked series focuses, with humour, on the barriers and the layers of physical and emotional hurdles needed to be overcome in order to engage with nature again.
Luckily for me my wonderful son, through a crowdfunding campaign, got me a robust wheelchair that could take me back to the forest.
I photographed trees with a thirst born of denial and explored these photographs through digital manipulation. The emerging phantasmagorical patterns surprisingly embody both the human and natural environment with some unexpectedly visceral results.
I have created a new page on this website to show these new works and also a new Instagram account @treeseefalcon . I can't resist a pun and I hope you enjoy this new series of digital art works.