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Marking Time

In no other way do we so publicly and graphically declare our attitudes and intentions towards nature than in our habit of marking trees.
                       Su Grierson July 2002

Marking Time is an exhibition of 425 photographs of painted marks on trees documented between 1992 and 2004 in Scotland, England, Germany, Belgium, Estonia, Lithuania, Spain, France , Denmark , Australia and New Zealand.
Mostly the marks signify the intentions of people for purposes of medication, correction, protection, destruction or convenience, but increasingly trees also carry social and territorial graffiti.

This project visually intrigues by drawing attention to a largely unnoticed practice, but it also leads into the vital contemporary debate about our relationship with the natural world.

Publication : Marking Time. Published by LiveLine
Projects 2002 44 pages . 40 full colour images.

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