Secolare are centuries old trees. In this case Olives (Olea Europaea) in the timeless Valley of the Temples, Agrigento Sicily. Secolare or Veteran trees are vital storehouses of micro-organisms, fungi and bacteria crucial in preserving biodiversity.
The oldest tree in this group is estimated to be 1200 years old, which means it started to grow about 150 years before the first King of England was crowned in 973!
Olive trees play an important role in many cultures, a symbol of peace, hope, light and sustenance venerated through the ages.
This project was a collaboration with Sharon Matarazzo, an artist who shares my deep appreciation for trees, respect for the philosophy of Thich Nhat Hanh "... we inter are...", and a joyous approach to creativity. Sharon's photographs reflect the majesty of the trees and their environment and also portray my creative process with empathy.
I have created a Secolare installation of ten banners for London Craft Week 2023. This will be shown with Future Icons Selects at Oxo Tower Wharf's Bargehouse, Bargehouse Street SE1 9PH. 11 - 14 May 12.00 - 6.00pm
Each 76 x 140 cm banner is painted in pigment on handmade Mitsumata paper from Japan. The paper allows for smooth flowing brushstrokes and has delicate edges along with the watermarks of the paper makers Su or frame.