Grunewald (Berlin)

Grunewald (Berlin)


This work considers the value, ‘Unity with Nature.’ Humans are part of nature but often appear separate from it. Unity with Nature is one of the fundamental values; we live and breathe amongst it, relying on it to exist (the rainforest produces oxygen, vegetables grown for food). This work considers how trees seem indifferent to traumatic historical events; as if nature could absorb all human wrongs. They grow over the tracks at Grunewald station, one of the places from which the Berlin Jews were deported to the camps. The representation of nature, the naive image of an imaginary Jurassic landscape also refers back to romantic exploration, when hand-drawn illustrations classified plant species. Sometimes the construction of nature as the 'other' puts it outside of the human rationale. The text on the green paper evokes a different more holistic and unified concept of nature, reading:

The ten thousand things arise together
And I watch their return.
They return each to its root.
Returning to one's roots known as stillness.
Returning to one's destiny is known as the constant.
Knowledge of the constant is known as discernment.
To ignore the constant
is to go wrong, and end in disorder.

- Tao Teh Ching