Franken Forest

Cedar logs, drywall screws, nails, Christmas lights, glass, wax, paper, steel, spandex, DVD projector

24' x 36' x 18' - 2010

Franken Forest questions our relationship, both real and imagined, with nature. Combining video projection with sculpture, this installation uses industrial and natural materials to evoke an unfamiliar and uncanny forest. Real trees are reassembled with a variety of materials that obscure or cloak their true nature, other trees are entirely constructed from industrial materials. A video projection of an animated tree canopy plays out above the viewers' heads. The animation, created from thousands of individual stills from numerous forest walks, is dreamlike in its speed and fragmentation. Playing with the tension of both real and imagined, Franken Forest speaks to our constructed notions of the landscape.