Roots – Pierre Leichner
Roots have fascinated me since my childhood and are rich in metaphors. We all need roots. We have them within our body, with our family, community and spiritually with our planet and the cosmos. During my MFA I started to work plants using roots as the sculptural medium. My first project was the Root Laboratory and Dr Legumes, a plastic surgeon for vegetables whose daring surgeries can be seen on YouTube. The roots of the plants became the sculptural forms, the means of expression. Most of my work has been with wheat grass but in this show for the first time cypress trees roots are utilized. After growing 5 years in their molds I will be opening them to discover their forms at the Vines festival.
In this work nature imitates us at this time of great ecological concern.