For this project we were asked to take on the three strands from the preparation work stage: Ambience, Literature Review and Site Data to arrive at a synthesis. This synthesis will form the basis for all decision making in the last two work stages. During this work stage we were asked to investigate various methods, media and techniques to express this synthesis to create a three dimensional experimental and artistic expression of the effects of human intervention on forest material and its resultant spatial characteristics. We were asked to take apart and reassemble basic, raw forest materials such as branches and twigs.
The final piece represents mans interference with the natural environment, specifically the way in which human intervention can fragment and deteriorate the structure of a forest and its trees.
Initially I started off by looking at the spatial and visual effect removing a tree from a forest and the resulting void left behind. This then progressed on to the idea of perception and awareness of ones surroundings. I asked myself the question; “ If a tree was removed would we notice?” and also “What is a tree?”. From this idea of how we perceive a tree I made a collage with parts of the trunk of a tree removed to see how recognisable it is. This fracturing of the form led on to a stage of deconstructing the branch shape to a simple form. After a group brain-storming session to focus my concept I came to the idea of “When Is a Tree Not a Tree?”.
This focused me on the way that humans take over land and cut into the forests for both space and resources. This causes the forest to eventually become fragmented and can lead to isolation. I looked at the way that the natural line of the edge of a forest was degraded by human intervention and simplified this to basic squares. I then cut these strong shapes out of the wood and pushed them through to create tension and the feeling that a slight move further can cause the piece to collapse.