Tree Sense / At Eich Coed, which runs until the evening of 27 May, aims to encourage visitors to take a different view of trees through a series of creative installations, discussions, workshops and performances. Catherine Walker, who contributes a painting to the exhibition, tells us more...
After months of planning and creating from exhibitors across disciplines, the Tree Sense exhibition in Bangor’s Pontio building opened on Friday 3 March 2023. A collaboration between Bangor University, Pontio Arts and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH), and titled At Eich Coed in Welsh, the exhibition communicates perspectives on trees from science, humanities, and arts perspectives. The way humans interact with and connect with trees is vital for informing how we manage and preserve them in the future.
I arrived at Pontio on the morning of the opening night with my huge painting filling the backseat of my car. I was among 15 contributors, and I could see some of the other pieces as I approached the building. I was met by Manon Awst, artist and creative coordinator at the Pontio who did an excellent job of organising everyone, and who helped put our work on display.
My painting aims to highlight the complexity of woodland structures due to the legacies of historic disturbance, both natural and anthropogenic. I wanted to give the suggestion of layers of time building up the woodland structure to produce an amalgamation of different stages of woodland succession.