My workshop Tree of Life took place on October 9, 2015 at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art in Durham, North Carolina.
This time I talked about the concept and motif of the “Tree of Life,” which has been used in biology, religion, philosophy, and mythology, and has been realized in various art forms. I could assume that everyone in this new group of international women had already been in contact with, or given some thought to, the significance or symbolism of trees.
Further, I introduced the participants to what is probably the most famous painting of “The Tree of Life,” by the Austrian symbolist artist Gustav Klimt. After taking a closer look at the symbolism Klimt intended in his painting, and talking about Klimt’s life, everyone was free to create their own paintings of the Tree of Life with their very own symbolic elements.
At the conclusion of the workshop, everyone presented their painting and explained the meaning and symbolism that they attached to their work.