Eve Li
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Our Foolish House

 

An experimental installation inspired by the poem Tree, by Jane Hirshield:

It is foolish
to let a young redwood   
grow next to a house.
Even in this   
one lifetime,
you will have to choose.
That great calm being,
this clutter of soup pots and books—
Already the first branch-tips brush at the window.   
Softly, calmly, immensity taps at your life.

My interpretation is that people hide in their shelter of comforts to forget the ephemeral nature of mankind and their short existence. The choice is whether to obsess over small, trivial things or to acknowledge a greater cosmos. The installation is to contrast the elements of man and nature by contrasting scale using the inside and outside of the house and allowing the viewer to immerse themselves within both perspectives.