arboretum

» Turf bears witness to numerous cycles of annual growth and continuous transformations throughout millennia – which is all very ordinary really, and at the same time curiously fascinating «


» Gazing up from dark turfbanks, out across the mountain slopes, along a barren skyline — the absence of trees and forests amplify the growing silence. But then, the trees and forests are all still there — underfoot... each and every one of them «

Gregory Seán Sheehan 2012
The initial inspirational spark from which this work originated manifested itself in a few handfuls of turf — absent mindedly gathered on the Dublin Mountains in Ireland. That was in the late 1990s. Subsequently I began experimenting with the mountain turf I had gathered and became completely intrigued.

Although my initial intentions were rather vague, by the time the underlying significance of this very dark, almost crystalline substance became apparent — the turf had already become an artistic quest and preoccupation.

An arboretum is an area in which a diverse selection of trees and shrubs are cultivated. A modern day arboretum is usually a place of recreation, taking the form of well kept forested parks and gardens.

The terms »Arboretum« and »Arboretum cogitatum« are used here artistically and allude to contemplation, imagination — and the passage of time in regard to growth, forests and woodlands. Which in turn brings us to a vantage point where we might, — just for a moment, gaze outside the confining space of our individual human lifespans.








Arboretum XX

Mixed media on linen
58 x 55 x 4 cm | 2017
(singed and dated verso)

Availability and pricing on enquiry.

Contact


Arboretum XXXIV

Mixed media on linen
50 x 50 x 4 cm | 2017
(singed and dated verso)

Availability and pricing on enquiry.

Contact

© Gregory Seán Sheehan 2015 - 2019
All Rights Reserved. Updated January 2019.

All artworks, photographs, and texts reproduced on www.gregoryseansheehan.com are subject to European copyright law. No part of this Website may be copied, disseminated, or used commercially, except with the written consent of its author.

Copyright: It is prohibited to reproduce, modify, adapt or otherwise use any of the images or texts in any manner or form without written consent of the author.


IMPRESSUM | PRIVACY POLICY