catapult magazine

catapult magazine

Vol 8, Num 9 :: 2009.04.24 — 2009.05.08


“These trees are prayers”


In January 2006, I created this tree on the wall outside of my college dorm room. It was made entirely from newspaper and magazine clippings mounted on butcher paper. The impulse to create it came quite unexpectedly while I stayed on campus during a break in January, and the whole thing was done in just a couple of days. It was approximately six feet tall and four feet wide.

The tree’s creation was an expressive and spiritual act for me at a time when I needed, I suppose, to remember that I could trust my own intuition as a holistic human being, made in the image of God. I don’t have it up anymore, but has served as a reminder to me ever since the months that it hung on the wall. I’ve always loved to express trees in art, I guess because I feel like they characterize the human spirit. And I have always been grateful that I made this one.

One of the quotes on the paper “plaque” next to the tree is part of a poem by Rabindranath Tagore: “Silence, my soul; these trees are prayers.”

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