Artist: Lesley Turner
Title: Tree As A Being
Attribution: Tree As A Being, 2020, Lesley Turner
Materials: Vintage table napkins, tree-stained cloth, cotton thread
Dimensions: 108" h x 108" w
Image Statement: Washington poet, Bill Yake, wrote ‘The Tree As Verb’ to describe the physical actions trees are capable of. I translated each of those verbs into an expressive embroidered line on a fragment of tree-stained cloth. Each embroidery is attached to a perfectly laundered vintage napkin connecting the activities of a living tree with nurturing activities within the home. The napkins hang together as a community making up a tree shape.