Marian Hester | Series | Shadowscapes2019-08-28T10:15:07+00:00


Marian Hester

Shadowscapes, 2019

Marian Hester

In her series of Shadowscapes screen prints, Marian uses some of the visual language of her site-specific installation, The Weight of the Dead (2017-2018) her landscape bronzes series which forms part of the same body of work. Marian and the master printer, Cloudia Rivett-Carnac of Chocolate Ink Studio, came up with new ways to cast shadows of trees directly onto prepared screens, so that the resulting series of prints are a layered combination of actual shadows cast by branches and twigs, manipulated photographs of her installation, #theweightofthedead and its shadows, and elements derived from Marian’s drawings of the shadows.

Each print in the series is titled with reference to Marian’s research underpinning this body of work, drawing on Eduardo Kohn’s How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human (2013) and Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World (2016). Each screen print seeks to engage the viewer slightly differently in appreciating the beauty and poignancy of the shadows cast by trees.