steel, porcelain neolith panels, tree branches, found tools
2,665 x 2,000 x 2,000 mm
THE ROTUNDA OF OLD TREES… AND CHILDHOOD…
…the girl in her mother’s long coat raised the carpenter’s level. The group of four figures froze like porcelain statuettes in the alcoves of the branches, each assuming their given role. They had entered into the private realm of their tree-theatre. No adults were present or would ever decipher the tree’s proclamations. Their stage play, trance-like and hypnotic, could begin.
A leaf was passed to each, as if it were the tongue of the tree. One by one the leaves they held were buttered with the stamen-paste that the tree had made in its natural hollows. The pretence of chewing was the beginning of their séance-play. They disappeared into the tree-theatre with their father’s tools … and each tool they chose from his workshop became their talisman…
– Denis O’Connor