David Nadeau   

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Taking down the Green

What is the legacy of a Christmas tree after the holiday season has ended? Following this simple question I investigated the rapport that exists between the symbol and the object. The custom originated and continues within homes where the tree becomes statuesque and holds properties, which are removed after the end of the holiday when the municipal workers carry the tree to be transformed into mulch.

Following this idea, I wanted to create an archive of the trees soon to be disposed that were found in my direct environment. The cataloguing was similarly mundane to the labour intensive process of disposing and transforming the trees, it acted as a sort of reverse production in which care was taken to up-cycle the by-product of the celebration.

This holiday engenders an industry of temporary statues, embodying the tree as it grows in a farm, being reduced to only a symbol during the holidays and rejected as a mere tree when it is thrown out on the sidewalk.

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Trees no.1 to 48, 2021, Gelatin Silver Print dyed in Fir Tree, 8 x 10 in