Spirits in the Trees
Nightshirts by Leslie Wilcox
Ritual Trees by Charles McQuillan
Tracings by Clementine Cummer and Susan Nacco
Spirits in the Trees, the inaugural exhibition of temporary site-specific artwork at Forest Hills Cemetery, brought together 24 artists to create site specific sculpture and installation pieces celebrating the magnificent trees of Forest HIlls -- some more than 100 years old. Many of 19th century Boston's wealthiest citizens had a passionate interest in experimental horticulture, and the 250-acre Cemetery was designed as an arboretum, planted with both native and imported trees. These trees now have a powerful spiritual presence, and many are "witness" tress that have watched history unfold.
- Nightshirts: Leslie Wilcox created 5 sculptural garments in translucent stainless steel mesh; hovering over a grand 19th century family lot, they evoke the spirits of a Victorian family.
- Ritual Trees: Charles McQuillan pressed papier mache around 3 tree trunks, leaving a handprints -- actually, negative spaces where the bark was visible -- where he had placed his own hand, suggesting a mysterious ritual connection through touch with nature.
- Tracings: collaborators Clementine Cummer and Susan Nacco used crushed white stone to fill in the shadows of trees, "drawing" a skeletal form across the green grass.
Jury: Nick Capasso, Curator, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Beth Galston, artist, and Sherri Geldersma, Landscape Architect and Director of Open Space for the City of Somerville, Massachusetts.