Limited edition of 5
Xerox print on ingres paper, wooden cover with lasercut
19,1 x 13 cm
‘Phantom Limbs’ examines the reasons behind the felling of trees within Dutch forests. Often forest trees are cut down to improve existing ecosystems. Because we can’t create an independent natural balance like Mother Nature can, we intervene to keep ecosystems healthy. There are, however, many reasons behind the cutting down of trees that only benefit us humans. It brings us money, space, safety and more.
In the forest I grew up many trees were felled last year in a short period of time. I photographed all remnants of the tree trunks in the ground and the void they left in the canopy. The surrounding, living trees get more opportunities to grow and in the work they honour the felled, dead trees for their sacrifice. In the book, the tree trunks are cut out of the photographs and placed over their corresponding patch of sky. The void of a dead tree is filled with the branches of the surviving trees.
‘Phantom Limbs’ acknowledges the dilemma behind the felling of trees. It shows the loss for the forest whenever a tree is taken down, though also shows the opportunities it brings other, surrounding trees. The project’s title is inspired by phantom pain. The sensation of feeling in a limb after it has already been amputated.