This work comes from a solo exhibition by Michael Amery hosted David Krut Projects, Cape Town in 2016.
This a drawing inspired by Michael Amery’s regular walks in the forest. However, the tranquility of the works gives way to something more mechanical, and the unsettling realisation that all may not be as it seems. In a South African context, pine and gum trees are in fact quite unnatural. Their presence is a result of industry alone, and yet they are everywhere. When compared with indigenous forests, man-made forests seem lifeless: they are quieter, the trees are exactly and evenly spaced, and they have a thick dead forest floor where indigenous vegetation struggles to grow.
Trees by man - 10
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