Tree Rubbings, Huidekoper Ranch, Summer 2017

These works are made using a variation of the traditional Chinese stone rubbings that have been used since approximately 100 A.D.

My method involves pressing wet rice paper into the bark of the tree and applying ink to the paper. I use encaustic to seal the paper and create transparency.

I have been using this technique to document trees for the past 12 years. Documenting a tree in this way creates a temporal work. A document of the tree, its growth and a moment in time as it continues to grow or deteriorate. There are many large trees on the Huidekoper Ranch – I spent a Sunday printing six of them. I was among wildflowers and I could hear Osprey in the distance.

– Bronwyn Minton