Inspired by the symbolic meaning of trees in cultures around the world, Joyce Tenneson explores in her series ‘Trees and the Alchemy of Light’ their mysterious spiritual and complex life, with a hope to see them in a new meaningful way.
“The ‘tree of life’ metaphor expresses the mystical concept that all forms of life are interconnected. When we stand with the trees, we feel we are part of them, and they are part of us. They give us a sense of belonging to the greater universe. ‘Knocking on wood’ for good luck is a practice originating from primitive tree worship, as humans sought to call forth the protective spirits they believed resided in trees. Their ability to send roots down through the ground and branches up to the sky, has given trees deep sacred meaning throughout the ages.”
Seeking how to express the spiritual element, the artist developed a new technique combining the craft of gold leafing with photography and this mixed media imbue the trees with divine light.
The series is available as a photo book.