I do not want to be a tree, I want to be its meaning. Orhan Pamuk
The title of the exhibition is the same as Emna Zghal’s latest artist’s book, The Tree Of My Mind (published by the Women’s Studio Workshop) in which the tree is explored as a metaphor for human existence. As in her previous book project, Cultures Of War: An Essay, Zghal’s imagery has a close affiliation with words and poetry. In this new book, from the Qur’an and French chansons to Orhan Pamuk – this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, wide-ranging sources have inspired her to create this set of eleven etchings. Each image transforms the unpredictable patterns of nature into rhythmic compositions of ink on paper.
In addition to displaying individual etchings from the book, the exhibition will showcase Zghal’s signature paintings that combine the techniques of woodcuts, rubbings, collage, gouache and ink drawing. Translucent veils of color, together with graceful contours from wood grains and barks, create a potent emotional effect. By evoking natural phenomena such as a mirage or a swirling eddy, Zghal’s work draws the viewer into an infinite labyrinth of nature.