42. Tree Support – Philippa Nielsen

Medium: Rope, plastic
Size: Site specific installation, dimensions variable
Price: NFS (commissions available)

Philippa Nielsen - Tree Support


Tree Support is a playful collaboration with the landscape; an inquiry into the ways humans attempt to converse with other living beings. The tree is a literal support for my work, which in turn brings focus to the true support structures of the tree, unseen underground.

Trees are primary life-givers and bring benefit to the planet in every cell of their bodies. Being rooted, they interconnect with life in a very different way from ourselves, holding atmosphere and weather patterns together, supporting soil, bringing rain, providing home and shelter for animals and insects. They are the planet’s great alchemists, converting direct sunlight and minerals into breath and food for all creatures.

Charlotte Du Cann, 52 Flowers That Shook My World: A Radical Return to Earth

I am interested in everyday interactions, finding ways to look more closely and make new connections. I want to consider the comic possibility that we aren’t an entirely necessary part of nature, while at the same time remaining hopeful that we can learn to collaborate more usefully with our planet.

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Philippa Nielsen has a Master of Art + Design (Visual Arts, AUT 2012) and an ongoing interest in the extraordinariness of the everyday. She has made sandcastles for disco motors at St Paul St FrontBox (Zen Generator), exhibited sauerkraut at RM Gallery (Freedom Cabbage) and made Creative Blocks on the waterfront with the Concrete Cube Collective.

More at www.philippanielsen.com