Exhibitions

Waltzers, 2013, by Joseph Wheelwright

Made from pine roots
Photo by Walter Silver/PEM.

Branching Out: Trees as Art

On view September 27, 2014 to September 13, 2015

Located in the: Art & Nature Center

This exhibition explores the often surprising ways in which contemporary artists use trees as an inspiration as well as a medium for their art. Made with bark, wood, roots, seedpods, leaves and biosignals, over 30 varied works and a selection of hands-on interactive opportunities ask us to consider our relationship with trees as a vital natural force. From Diego Stocco's music compositions made with trees and leaves to Joseph Wheelwright's figurative root sculptures, this exhibition celebrates the varied ways in which people are connected to and creatively inspired by trees. 

Branching Out features works by the following artists: Sachiko Akiyama, Joan Backes, James Balog, David Moses Bridges, Kyle Browne, Lorenzo Durán, Adrianne Evans, Beth Galston, Rodney Graham, Steve Hollinger, Mary Hughes and Caro-Gray Bosca, Tim Knowles, Kyle Larabee, Sallie Lowenstein, Susan Lyman, Souphom and Souphong Manikhong, Michael Mode, Cedric Pollet, David Yann Robert, Tim Rollins and K.O.S, Eirik Solheim, Diego Stocco, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Bartholomäus Traubeck, Joseph Wheelwright, Letha Wilson, and Ursula von Rydingsvard.

Support provided by the East India Marine Associates and the Art & Nature Commitee of the Peabody Essex Museum.

Images

Waltzers, 2013, by Joseph Wheelwright

Waltzers, 2013, by Joseph Wheelwright

Made from pine roots
Photo by Walter Silver/PEM.

Steve Hollinger, Leaf Boxes, Vitrine #2 (detail), 2014.

Steve Hollinger, Leaf Boxes, Vitrine #2 (detail), 2014.

© Kathy Tarantola Photography.

Diego Stocco, still from Music from a Bonsai, 2010.

Diego Stocco, still from Music from a Bonsai, 2010.

Courtesy of the artist.

Cedric Pollet, Eucalyptus deglupta bark, 2009.

Cedric Pollet, Eucalyptus deglupta bark, 2009.

© Cedric Pollet.

Sachiko Akiyama, On Finding Home, 2013.

Sachiko Akiyama, On Finding Home, 2013.

Photo courtesy the artist.

Related Events

Let it Grow – School Vacation Week ›
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 10:30am - 4pm

Included with museum admission

Spread your branches to celebrate the return of spring and join our Earth Day festivities!

STORY TIME

The Leaf Men
10:30-11 am | meet at information desk

Who are the mysterious Leaf Men and can they save the backyard from the evil Spider Queen?

 

COLLABORATIVE ART MAKING

Bark Building
10:30 am-1 pm | outside the museum

Join Branching Out artist Kyle Browne to create a forest mural along the front of the museum.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Seedling Pots
11 am-2 pm | Create Space

Decorate a seedling pot and be ready to plant for spring! Early participants also get an evergreen tree seedling to take home.

 

ARTIST DEMONSTRATION

Tree Eavesdropping
1-3 pm, | outside the museum

Meet Branching Out artist and Maker Lounge Artist-in-Residence David Yann Robert and learn how to eavesdrop on the inner life of a tree, then create an original artwork.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leaf Carpet
1-4 pm | Atrium

Compose patterns and original designs with laminated leaves, inspired by the work of Branching Out artist Joan Backes.

 


Let it Grow – School Vacation Week (cont.) ›
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 10:30am - 4pm

Included with museum admission

Spread your branches to celebrate the return of spring and join our Earth Day festivities!

 

COLLABORATIVE ART MAKING

Bark Building
10:30 am-1 pm | outside the museum

Join Branching Out artist Kyle Browne to create a forest mural along the front of the museum.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leaf-Litter Paper
11 am-2 pm | Create Space

Get hands on with nature to create some beautiful paper made from natural materials.

 

ARTIST DEMONSTRATION

Tree Eavesdropping
1-3 pm, | outside the museum

Meet Branching Out artist and Maker Lounge Artist-in-Residence David Yann Robert and learn how to eavesdrop on the inner life of a tree, then create an original artwork.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leaf Carpet
1-4 pm | Atrium

Compose patterns and original designs with laminated leaves, inspired by the work of Branching Out artist Joan Backes.

 


Let it Grow – School Vacation Week (cont.) ›
Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 10:30am - 4pm

Included with museum admission

Spread your branches to celebrate the return of spring and join our Earth Day festivities!

 

STORY TIME

The Great Kapok Tree
10:30–11 am | meet at information desk

Will the animals of the rainforest be able to save the Great Kapok Tree?

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Seed Balls
11 am–2 pm | Create Space

Get ready for the growing season by shaping a ball of local wildflower seeds to plant by tossing!

ARTIST DEMONSTRATION

Birch-Bark Art
11 am–1 pm | Atrium

Find out how Branching Out artist David Moses Bridges works with the properties of birch bark to create baskets, canoes and more!

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leaf Carpet
1-4 pm | Atrium

Compose patterns and original designs with laminated leaves, inspired by the work of Branching Out artist Joan Backes.

 

WORKSHOP

Birch-Bark Etching
2–3 pm | Create Space
For ages 9 and up with an adult
Reservations by April 20

Create an original etched birch-bark panel with Branching Out artist David Moses Bridges.


Further Reading