I have long had a passion for trees. As a public relations professional and educator, I have spearheaded campaigns for trees, conducted event planning for a songwriting contest for trees and have contributed to New York’s One Million Trees program.
I continuously return to trees in some form or fashion. I delve even deeper now with my artwork focused on tree imagery. And now it pleases me to launch When Trees Talk, Let the Yarn Speak. This is an international tree advocacy program with a twist of art. It is the mission of the program to use visual imagery to prompt authentic talk, awareness and support of trees currently in crisis around the world.
When Trees Talk(c) serves as a forum where people can gather for an exciting flow of facilitated dialogue which allows for authentic, down-to-earth conversation.
I am so pleased to be launching the program during a session with the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island on Sunday, August 25, 2019. We will go on a journey exploring the world of trees, hear of their secret life and what trees do at night. We will hear insights of the challenging state of trees today and all participate in an interesting exercise which takes place in the year 2093 involving a critical decision to be made regarding trees.
It is so wonderful to be back. Have been off sharing my art in solo exhibitions, in group shows and more. In addition, I’ve just returned to New York after garnering a fabulous art scholarship in the highly acclaimed SAVVY ARTS CHALLENGE at the University of South Carolina. This wonderful program brought 100 artists in from around the country to assist businesses address challenges using art. What a fabulous adventure. My group was assigned a farm. I’ll share more about that experience in my next post.
In the meantime, I have been delving deeper into my work focused on trees. I am extremely focused on bring the visual narrative of cherishing trees into everyday life. The shift in our environment, climate change, the lost of trees due to fires or plain old destruction for economics demand our attention. I simply wish to revisit my focus on trees and ask you to take a moment to address your intention, attention, compassion and empathy towards a major segment vital to the existence of humanity.
All images copyright (c) 2013 – 2019 Alicia Evans
When I crochet, it is as if my needle and thread begin to talk, thus my tagline: “Let the yarn speak!”
When the great musician Prince transitioned, I felt compelled to create a tribute piece. I created a swirling purple tree encompassing an abstract silhouetted side view of Prince’s hair with a tree bark reminder of his icon symbol.
I had the pleasure of introducing this oversized work as part of a wonderful new exhibit on Long Island, New York along with the works of several other talented artists. Oh, how wonderful to share my “ROYALTY REIGN” with the company of others from The Creative Corner.
It was a glorious affair. Another highlight in my continuing creative journey.
Well, here’s the backstory. While in the midst of preparing for an exhibit this weekend, I was in the final stages of a piece. I was sculpting my crocheted works into a cactus. Yes, it was shaping up fine.
I was about to do the final adhering of the image when…daggone!…the work seemed to jump from my table and fall to the floor. Now once it shifts, moves in anyway, I am unable to reproduce the same image again. Thus, I have to begin from scratch. Here’s that same crocheted piece now sculpted into a piece I now call “Simple Tree”.
Look very closely at the image and you will see it is the same twirls as the cactus. It’s simply now ‘sculpted’ into a tree image. And, guess what? I happened to like the tree imaging better.
Whew…what crazy months have gone by as I find myself in the new role of eldercare. While mom is healing from a neck that was broken, I find ways to shift, ways to settle back into serenity.
I was so overjoyed to find a rare moment to create and emerge into oneness with my art. To mindfully slip away to refresh and meander into the stillness of a gloriously beautiful morn with my needle and yarn.
I took my studio work into the sun to finish this joyful new tree. Ahh, new work in celebration of mom…