snags, and what they offer

Snags in snow, clear-felled forest: a photograph painted over to allow a focus on deadwood, and its generative possibilities.

In Glasgow, Tacita Dean exhibits her version of painted over photos (only the trees retain their form – perhaps the point is within the gelatin surface). Camouflage manuals, Disruptive Pattern Materials, where figure and ground merge.

A conversation with an entomologist: forest ecology is complex, how much do you want to know? Insects are involved at each and every stage, as living wood turns into soil. The way invertebrates and fungi move in differs whether the wood is standing or on the ground.

Papier mache: chewed paper, or mashed, with oil of cloves as an insect deterrent. A modelling material, in which I implant a small, spruce, snag.

From last summer, photographs of an emerging woodwasp. A sawfly, who can wait till the  moment is right. Who prefers live or green spruce.

on the idea of ‘tree-lines’, encountered on sheepwalks

sheep and trees held apart, cast as incompatible

trees as shelter, human and non-human

deadwood,  ‘snags’, woody debris

snow modelling lines

zones of clear-fell, replanting, first growth – delineated from pasture

broadleaves in a valley – snow was so early this year, their leaves blew over the first fall

blocks, ranks

tree-lines –  a malleable idea for further investigation:

… land-use … climatic transition … life-lines  and shelter … diagrammatic rendering (productivity, biomass, carbon sequestration) … pattern and repetition … supply lines … cultural entanglements …