During the course of one day, I perched near the top of one of the oldest trees on the land of the Tree Museum, at the level of the forest canopy, recording points-of-view not usually available to humans. These views could simply be perceived as landscape, but they also suggest surveillance, whether for sustenance or self-defence, perhaps proprietary, perhaps predatory, at times intimate. It was important for me to capture the views through physical interaction with the tree, climbing 50 feet of its height and enduring a delicate, 11-hour balance in the midst of its moving branches.
|Curated by EJ Lightman and Anne O’Callaghan for “What is Land” exhibition, The Tree Museum, Muskoka, Ontario. The Lookout video is in the collection of The Tree Museum.