Quercus Illuminosa
Photo transparencies, plexiglas, mirror, stainless steel, steel, Utra-Chrome powder coat
12.5' H x 20' W x 15' D

Quercus illuminosa, or Oak (tree) of Illumination, utilizes light and photography as critical elements with mirrored elements reflecting the surroundings and the viewer. The photo transparencies and cast shadows reference the stained-glass windows in a church, and upon closer scrutiny, include images of destruction. The artwork connects the viewer to the idea of symbology in many cultures of The Tree of Life while alluding to the replacement of nature and the natural by the artificial or fabricated. Quercus illuminosa can thus be seen as a metaphor of the delicate balance found in nature.