Sacred Pine (tapestry)

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Sacred Pine (tapestry)

6,800.00

Artists: Don and Era Farnsworth

Medium: Jacquard tapestry, edition of 12, 72.5"x54", 2011. Please note: This piece is unframed but includes hanging system.

Don and Era Farnsworth are a collaborative team who also manage the renowned Magnolia Editions in Oakland, CA. They’ve worked with a wide range of artists from Chuck Close to Kiki Smith, using Magnolia's unique blend of technology and tradition to help bring their visions to life.

The pair also collaborate to make intensive, richly multi-layered prints and tapestries that creatively combine imagery from science, religion, mythology and the natural world. In an ongoing series of tree portraits, they present a single arboreal subject overlaid with foliate and calligraphic elements.

Sacred Pine is a depiction of a pine tree in Rikuzentakata, Japan, a coastal city almost completely flattened by the tsunami following the 2011 Touhoku earthquake. "In a grove of more than 70,000 pines planted along the shore by villagers 300 years ago, the pictured tree was the only one remaining after the tsunami; this lone tree stood as a symbol of hope and renewal in an otherwise devastated region." Don and Era also layered in several brief but poetic messages into the print that reference the 1961 Japanese song "Ue wo muite arukou" by Kyuu Sakamoto. Its lyrics "encourage keeping one's head high so as to hide one's tears, served as a morale booster in the days following the earthquake. Internet users from all over the world left comments and messages of hope on the web page for Sakamoto's song." The Farnsworths combined portions of these messages with notes from friends and family, handwritten by a high-ranking Japanese calligrapher. The Japanese text includes messages such as: Love to all of our Japanese brothers and sisters during this difficult time; Supple. Live. Proof of miracles, promise of love; and: We are all trees in the same forest. We stand with you.

This piece is also available as a smaller digital print.

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