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Tree of Knowledge


Trees: 40cm x 60 cm ea
Wounds: 30cm x 30 cm ea (image size)

Digital photomedia

Sutherland Shire is blessed with an abundance of nature. Of all our trees , the smooth pink bark and labyrinthine branches of the angophora seem particularly evocative of the human state, of our striving for heaven while rooted to the earth.

The association of trees with the realm of the spirit is both ancient and geographically extensive. Manifestations range from the Indian Bo-tree, beneath which Gautama attained enlightenment and became the Buddha, through the Biblical tree of knowledge and tree of life, to Yggdrasil, the world-tree of Scandinavian mythology, that binds together heaven, earth and hell.

These mandala-like images of anghophoras evoke the spiritual sybolism of our local trees, and depict our earthly paradise. Look more closely at these graceful creatures, however, and bleeding wounds become apparent - a reminder of the bloody heritage that bequeathed this landscape to its invader, and of the loss of our innocence.

'"Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever" - therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden ..' Genesis 3: 22-23

Tree of Knowledge