Urban trees remind me of the friction between our individual existence and our environment. Those plants were thrown into various man-made situations. Some of them seem to rebel, others compromise or adapt, yet others lift above the circumstances.

They are strangers rooted in a human world.

“Ecoconscious”, 2016, Ink on paper, 40 x 30 cm

Over 100 years ago French colonists brought plane trees to Shanghai. Today this particular specimen holds up a red banner urging the public that “Everyone must care about the environment”. I remember a curious street sweeper with a huge birch broom fondly inspecting my drawing progress from time to time.

“Potent”, 2016, Ink on paper, 40 x 30 cm

This trunk of a Makore tree was cut down in 1973, brought to Munich and erected in front of the Institute for Wood Research.

“Strong”, 2016, Ink on paper, 40 x 30 cm

I found this gesture of a tree in Munich’s southern cemetery a bit blatant and overly dramatic but nevertheless convincing.

“Stuck”, 2016, Ink on paper, 40 x 30 cm

I vividly remember how strongly the situation of those trunks resonated with me and what a relief it was to capture that moment.

“Disciplined”, 2016, Ink on paper, 40 x 30 cm

I wonder what Sigmund Freud thought about these wonderful trees when he strolled across Vienna’s Maria-Theresien-Platz. When I drew the picture of this chastised yet dignified tree I was thirsty, freezing, and my back hurt from standing still for hours. It was a perfect meditation on discipline and how we get trimmed and forged by ourselves and others.

One Reply to “Naturals”

  1. Thank you, you have inspired me to never give up drawing. I really love your drawings of trees and how you have allowed the tree to speak to you as you tune in through your drawings. Nice work.

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