THE SORROW THE JOY BRINGS
This artwork is part of a series of collages made from found images. Each image presents a landscape with a weeping willow tree in it. The intervention is minimal; the treetop is cut out and flipped around. By doing so, the branches of the weeping willow – that are initially hanging down heavily – are turned upside down, thus being raised upwards.
The Sorrow the Joy Brings comes from a simple desire to make a weeping willow laugh. To create an act that literally causes an existing tree to change its nature. The work also points out the relativity in which we exist and function and the way it influences our reading of the world; where familiar spatial concepts borrowed from the physical world like 'up' and 'down' are used in order to express and organize a whole system of non-physical concepts like emotional states.