FOUND LINES | BERKSHIRE BOTANICAL GARDEN | STOCKBRIDGE, MA | 2018
FOUND LINES, 2018
18 – 24K gold leaf hand-applied onto three separate trees located throughout Berkshire Botanical Gardens
A site-responsive intervention on the grounds of Berkshire Botanical Gardens in Stockbridge, MA, Found Lines was included in “Beautiful Strangers,” an exhibition curated by James Salomon. Here, Toni Ross examines the life of trees and the quiet language that seems to emerge from the patterns held within bark. The installation consists of 18 – 24K gold leaf, applied by hand to three thriving trees; each provoking a separate and distinct imagery.
Found Lines is an exultation of the hidden stories within the life of trees. It is both a celebration and an acknowledgment of the paths and patterns that are carved in our lives both by intention and by incident. Gold leafing the bark accentuates the graphic qualities inherent to the tree, bringing its texture into high relief and giving voice to the fissures and clefts that have formed over time. Found Lines speaks of beauty, history, and the struggle to survive.
Edwards, Kelsey, Beautiful Strangers Catalog, for the exhibit, Beautiful Strangers, organized by James Salomon