Past Online Exhibitions

Over the last year Tansy has been exploring the Old Wood of Drum and discovering the trees which are a legacy of its history as a royal hunting forest.

“My frequent trips to the woods are partly open-minded wanderings, partly focused foraging and I’m always searching for trees which have a story to tell in their contorted forms, broken branches or undecipherable graffiti. Trees are constantly engaged in a dialogue with their surroundings, with the ground they grow in, the prevailing weather, the other plants, animals and people that live alongside them and there are physical clues in their forms that provide a record of that dialogue.

Similarly, the process of drawing is one of dialogue – it is a record of the interaction between the artist and the subject, the eye and the tree, the hand, the paper and the mark making tool. As John Berger says, a drawing of a tree is not just a tree, but of ‘a tree being looked at’.”