Then I changed to a pretty bird of the wood;
Wood Reliefs, HD Videoloop, Sound, Photograph, 2022
The work is a series of wooden reliefs carved into tree barks that were collected from the Harz mountains, where the artist grew up. The forest in this region is infested with the bark beetle, which consumes the trees planted by humans and causes their death. Presented as a spatial installation of almost one hundred tree bark remnants, the work is Reflecting on the ecological, material, and ideological changes in the forest. The traces of bark beetles’ paths are visible alongside the artist’s carvings, acknowledging them as non-human collaborators. The beetles’ passage aside, the poetic and toponymic carving of text fragments on these “scraps of skin” are reminiscent of the carved signs in the Harz forest, combining the forest’s corporeal memory with the personal remembrances of the forest as a mythical place. After a series of exhibitions, the artifacts will be returned to the forest and placed as signposts.