TREE   |   TONI ROSS + LAURIE LAMBRECHT   |   WATERMILL CENTER   |  2019

TREE, 2019

hand-dyed tree bark, wooden armature, wire, 13 ft H

a collaboration between Toni Ross and Laurie Lambrecht while they were artists in residence at Robert Wilson's WATERMILL CENTER in Water Mill, New York. 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Tree is a work I created in collaboration with the artist Laurie Lambrecht during our shared 4-week residency at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center. Upon arrival, I began collecting small tree limbs and bark that fueled my drawing practice as I analyzed the elements. Establishing a connection to the woodlands surrounding the Watermill Center,

we accumulated hundreds of pieces of fallen tree bark, then hand-dyed them in tones of blue. Like puzzle pieces,

we assembled the bark in the form of a reimagined tree. The resulting 13 ft sculpture made from composite

elements of different tree species beckoned viewers to take a closer look at worlds often overlooked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Toni Ross, 2019