Leslie Wilcox’s solo exhibition ENROOTABLES is inspired by evidence of trees’ underground social network known as the “wood wide web”, coined by the journal Nature 388 (1997). Wilcox shrouds sea-distressed deadwood with twisted metal screening to explore earthbound similarities and shared connections between human forms and life-sustaining, mutually communicative arboreal forests.
Supplanting human bones with driftwood tree roots, Wilcox creates organic skeletal forms tightly encased in copper and bronze screens, referencing bark or sapwood or skin. ENROOTABLES cultivates a glimpse beneath the forest floor to reveal shared alliances through communication and care among multiple species. And while mimicking our own modern behavior, themes of cooperation for mutual benefit are discovered, including human dependence on trees’ filtration of carbon dioxide. Evidence of trees living among their parents, siblings and offspring growing twice as tall and living twice as long fosters this transfer of knowledge and expertise to future generations, thus safeguarding the existence of thriving forest biospheres. Can what we learn from these strategies ensure the same for the future of humankind? (Companion reading: The Hidden Life of TREES by Peter Wohlleben).
First Friday Receptions:
April 5 & May 3, 6–9pm
Artist’s Reception & Talks:
Saturday, April 13, 3–5pm, Talks begin at 4pm
Concert & Closing Reception:
Sunday, May 5, 4–6pm
Baroque and Contemporary Music with Suzanne McDonald, harpsichord & Emily Hale, violin