Self Isolating in Trees 2

Ellie Shipman
Bristol, UK

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Artist Statement

Self Isolating in Trees is an ongoing, self-led artwork whereby, on my daily walk, I find a tree to climb and sit in its branches as a form of relaxation, pleasure and self-care, as well as a temporary escape from home. The process is documented through filming my view in the tree for 20 seconds, taking a photo of the tree and plotting it as a dropped pin on a Google map. The project is documented in a virtual interactive zine (via Google Slides), along with a guide for others to join in. It will be an ongoing project continuously added to. To this end, I am initiating a collective participatory project, but one which is individually-led and done in isolation – now and post-lockdown. The values of Swarm Dynamics connect to this project as it suggests new ways of nurturing ourselves, noticing and interacting with nature in our own local environment, and taking pleasure in the simple things to revitalise our strength, resilience and courage.



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