Tree (17) is part of a new suite of works recently created with William Kentridge in collaboration with the David Krut Workshop and Jillian Ross Print, called Studio Life. While trees are one of the most dominant symbols in Kentridge’s lexicon, there has furthermore been a more recent obsession for the artist with making larger-than-life India ink sketches of indigenous trees. This work is borne from recent work created in Kentridge’s studio including such life-sized tree works and films about his studio practice.
The iconography of the tree relates to Kentridge’s wider practice in many ways – as a silent witness to history, objects of apparent permanence and solidity, whilst also being ever in flux and fragile to our human hands and mechanised tools. Trees are timeless, they are witnesses to joys and atrocities.
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