ANCA Gallery puts Tree Conversations exhibition on line

Until Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Following a successful season at Wagga Regional Art Gallery, where it was scheduled to show until 3 May 2020, Conversations with Trees has moved to ANCA Gallery in a digital format during the closures of Covid-19.

Barbie speaks with Anne McMahon, Public Programs Officer at Belconnen Arts Centre

Tree Conversations: networking with the wood-wide-web

Excerpt from the introductory essay by Ann McMahon in the “Tree Conversations: networking with the wood-wide-web” catalogue.

In recent years Networks Australia has focused on themes explored by Peter Wohlleben in the book The Hidden Life of Trees: What they Feel and How they Communicate.

Some works in this show have been developed for and shown in the group’s exhibitions at the Australian National Botanic Gardens (outdoors) and in the Australian National Capital Artists (ANCA)Gallery, Dickson, ACT. Bringing these works together in Tree Conversations: networking with the wood-wide-web is like gathering diverse and opinionated individuals together for a discussion. Each brings a different perspective and adds something new to the conversation.

Trees are our inter-dependants in global and local ecosystems; they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen for us to breathe; they are our environmental partners. They feature in our mythologies and are embedded in our psyches. When we think of family trees or branches of science, we are invoking the forms and growth habits of our arboreal companions. We see them as allegories and use them as metaphors for aspects of our own existence.

View the works and exhibition notes in the catalogue: