Two hundred and eighty two [2009]

Kovats, T (2010) Two hundred and eighty two [2009]. In: On the Edge of the World, John Hope Gateway Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland, 15 May - 18 July 2010. ISBN 9780863556371

Item Type: Exhibition
Creators: Kovats, T
Abstract: This slice through the trunk of an oak tree, a horizontal cross-section, makes visible the tree's venerable ring pattern. The ring pattern presents a year-by-year record of the tree's life, with the thickness of each line reflecting a particular year's climatic conditions. Dendrochronology can date the time at which tree rings were formed to the exact calendar year, so it is a key means of measuring historical chronologies, both archaeological and ecological. Here however Tania Kovats uses the ring pattern to draw attention to the tree's own life, by tracing the grooves across the wood with Indian ink. Kovats' graphic description retraces an already explicit geological process, and serves to inscribe the wood - a relic of the living tree - with its own biography. As the title of the piece states, the tree is a sum of its parts. The lines of the rings become alternately looser and denser, as if in a succession of aftershocks from the eye of the trunk. Towards the bottom left they darken around a large knot, a sinister irregularity.
Official URL: https://www.cornerhousepublications.org/publicatio...
Date: May 2010
Event Location: John Hope Gateway Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland
Number of Pieces: 1
Medium: Indian ink on oak
Measurements/Duration: 120 X 120 X 3.5 CM
ISBN: 9780863556371
Divisions: Bath School of Art and Design
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2019 15:36
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2019 15:36
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