Studio Art Majors/Honors Seminar ARTS 300/499, a collaborative team of UNC undergraduates, announce an exhibition-installation of Populus. The artist-students are diverse in their approaches to art making, but share a commitment to revealing, questioning and representing the complex socio-political situation of our time. Inspired by various divisions in our society today, we turned to a natural example of how the individual and collective can coexist and cooperate rather than be in conflict.
Populus Tremuloides is the scientific name for the quaking aspen tree. A colony of these trees comprises the largest living organism on earth. Though appearing to be a normal forest above ground, each tree is connected by a common root system and shares the same genetic makeup. Reflecting on this organic relationship, we use restricted materials to create both individual pieces and the central collaborative pieces of found tree roots. Yarn, thread, string, and rope symbolize connection and constriction, while soil, plants, rocks and water suggest growth and decay – biological processes common to us all.
Professor elin o’Hara slavick / Teaching Assistant Laura Little