Tree Work Aotearoa

I use frottage as a key drawing practice to convert haptic encounter into the visual, where touch reveals what cannot be seen.

In 2016, I made the Okuti Valley Series #1-9, a group of drawings using conte, graphite and pastel on Mulberry paper (48x68cm). In 2017-18 I worked with much thinner Gampi paper (10gsm) to make Tree Work Aotearoa presented here as digital photographs. These works present intra-actions with different native trees found at several Department of Conservation Reserves across Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Such surfaces, apparent to the hand but not readily to the eye, are particular to each kind of tree and each individual tree . These drawings co-enact rather than illustrate the surface, enabling a subconscious kind of seeing to occur, and a slow method of engaging with ecology to emerge. Thus, an attempt at post anthropocentrism involves a collaboration of makers, both human and non-human.

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 © 2020 by Laura Donkers

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