Dawn Watson

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Nationality: American
Biography: Dawn Watson is an artist and activist. Her work examines the fragility of both the natural environment as well as our relationship to it and to each other. After twenty-five years as a dancer and choreographer, Watson transitioned to... read on
Public Project
Witness
Credits: visura
Date of Work: 12/31/69 - 12/31/69
Updated: 08/07/18

The time is 5AM on a late summer morning, at the change of seasons when the earth is warm and the air is cool and a fog has risen. These trees, standing tall for over a hundred years in the hills of New Hampshire, were destroyed by a freak storm in the spring of 2016. Witness, a series of images in both print and artist book, invite us to honor and remember, to enter in and be present. Trees bear witness, holding the mysteries of the world told through folklore and fantasy, science and study, revealing secrets and answers, offering comfort and healing. Past events and processes are recorded in the rings of growth, marking time, age and conditions. Not just metaphor, communities of trees take care of their own, nurturing and protecting by a symbiotic network rooted below the surface, spread by threads of fungi, connecting one tree root system to another. This connectivity is echoed throughout the natural world.

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