“Conversation with Trees” is the title of the collaboration between Singaporean artist Yeo Shih Yun and Singapore’s trees. That’s right, Shih Yun has single-handedly awoken and empowered the sleeping artist that lies within each and every tree that has previously, only been the subjects of poems.
As illustrated in her artist’s statement, Shih Yun’s main goal “is to surrender authorial control, to release drawing from its enslavement to the artist’s hand and in some cases to outsmart her own will and intentions.” By randomly attaching Chinese calligraphy brushes dipped in Chinese ink to the tips of the tree branches.
We love how though the process truly is circumstantial, as the marks made on the large sheets of paper are up to chance, done according to the force of the wind and temperament of the trees (and they’re quite temperamental). The experimental series also brings the ‘mystical’ nature of drawing into play as it’s often a happy accident that resonates with us more, stronger than a calculated sketch would.
You can watch the process and see the final mounted pieces in the gallery below. And for more of Shih Yun’s philosophies and creative process visit her website here.
This article was inspired by this Lost At E Minor piece.