Plant a tiny seed, the seed of an idea. Paint a little tree and watch it grow from just itself to a small woodland. Observe as they evolve into a forest, a forest of vibrant colour. Construct them out of wire or wool and incorporate fur and paper clips. Visit them daily to let them speak to you. This is Elizabeth Tarrant’s whimsical forest of our times.
Life of Trees: a forest for the anthropocene is an ambitious project with more than 280 panels (and growing). Tarrant uses it as a vehicle to explore and extend the creative possibilities of the single motif. In addition, it draws attention to the beautiful potential of using recycled materials in ways that are humorous and thought provoking. Layered throughout the iterations of the tree are many references to art history and to the condition of being human, as well as a sharp reminder that we face a world where life is choking under waste.
Recent exhibitions include
2019 Life of Trees, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne 2006 Unseen, Wall Gallery, Melbourne 2005 Tigerlily, Ho Gallery, Melbourne
2020 20, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne 2018 Hiraeth, Tacit Studio, Melbourne; The Exquisite Palette, St Luke, Melbourne; Life Abstracted, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne 2008 Tarrant & Inglese, Yering Station, Yarra Glen 2007 Julie de Lorenzo, Naomi Eller, Elizabeth Tarrant, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne; Postcard Show, New Linden Art, Melbourne 2006 Christmas Show, Wall Gallery, Melbourne; Postcard Show, New Linden Art; Out of the Box, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne; Femme 06, Circus Gallery, Melbourne 2005 Christmas Show, Wall Gallery; Tattersalls Contemporary Art Prize, Williamstown Festival; Postcard Show, New Linden Art 2000 The Silk Cut Award, Melbourne; Works on Paper, Walker St Gallery, Dandenong