Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Ashley Beatty

MFA 2019

Fallen Tree 1

120 mm film, digital scan, 2018, 24"w x 24"h

Using trees as the connecting tissue, I explore our interactions with nature, advanced by the biophilia hypothesis (humans seeking connection with nature), with a naturalist’s childlike curiosity. Through personal immersion and scientific research, the metaphysical and literal intersect. At a forest fire site in Cadillac, Michigan, the blaze was arson. Whether by direct human involvement or from long-term abuse wrapped around the discussion on waste and deforestation, humans have left the conversation. Who will speak for the trees now?

Ashley Beatty - Fallen Tree 1

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