Agnes Arellano Sculptor

Dead Trees

1989 -

While my sculpture has been known mostly as white, life-sized, live cast figures in plaster or cold-cast marble set in their own environment, I have been exploring other materials, one of which is DEAD TREES. For years now, I have been collecting urban debris - tree trunks, root stumps cut and uprooted at construction sites. Each piece I pick up fills me with dread at how recklessly we continue to disregard our trees and our environment.

By salvaging a tree before it completely disappears, doing something to bring out whatever beauty is left in it - albeit so briefly - I assuage my guilt and hope that others are so reminded.

The duhat tree which I first used here was just a hollow log that had been spurned by a thesis student of mine who deemed it unfit for carving. But the duhat was curvaceous and she had two hollows for breasts. So I thought of clothing her. And she said:

"Clad me in poison!"

So I sheathed her in a lead Samurai warrior's armour...
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