Seeing Through The Trees

PrizeHonorable Mention in Sculpture
ArtistPaul Matte
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Inspired by the expression "you can't see the forest for the trees", I thought of these trees as bars keeping you out from what could be peaceful and serene or barren and lonely. Seen from the sides, the landscape cannot be seen for the trees. The work also represents set pieces within a stage’s theater that we must stumble through to get through to the other side. The viewer, like members in an audience at a theater production, experiences the drama unfolding in front of them from a different angle, as they do when confronting their own issues. When viewing the photo-based sculpture directly, the image looks more two dimensional or flat because the various heights cannot be seen. As the viewer moves around the sculpture, the space and perspectives change – the lighting creates odd shadows that do not match the image’s two dimensional suggestions.