Ongoing since 2013 the work focuses on the Ash tree but highlights the tough time many native species are having. The installation involves an Ash tree that has been felled because of Chalara infestation. It is to be cremated in the installation space and the associated species will all be representing at the funeral.
Warmer climate, changes in humidity and human induced migration of species are all contributing factors that increase the susceptibility of disease, fungus and infestation from new sources. What is important is not only the individual species themselves but all the flora and fauna that co-habit and are associated with the key species. Through my ongoing research and consultation with monitoring bodies a database is being formed and all associated species will be presented alongside the Ash tree.
Top and above: Ash studies
Ash is one of a triptych of installations. In separate rooms; the first Before a wilderness, then Ash and in the last room After a mass of replicants, mostly discarded and crunching under foot.
Above: After study