GrahamPonderosaPine Rodney Graham, Ponderosa Pines, 1992. (detail)

Rodney Graham


Chosen by: Melissa Mercier


“Rodney’s work forces me to look inside myself. It’s peculiar how the image of a tree upside down convinces the brain that it could in fact be the very root system of the tree itself, as the surface of the earth swaps sky for dirt. This bends our perception of what is upside down and what is right side up. The complexity and beauty of a tree’s vascular  system reminds me of the circulator y system of my own body, begging the question: am I the root system beneath the earth or a tree stretching up to the sun?”

Rodney Graham, Ponderosa Pines, Princeton, BC, 1992. (detail) Chromogenic print. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Gift of Sandra Simpson.

Melissa Mercier is a photographer and one of thousands of people who follow the Gallery on Facebook.

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