"THE CATHEDRAL" (THE SHRINE OF TREES, THE SISTERS AND THE MOTHER), SILK CHIFFON, CHARRED REDWOOD, 120" X 120", 2018
Miya Ando is concerned with elemental phenomena, specifically concerning metals, clouds and trees. Growing up in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Ando recreates a ring of redwood trees she frequented as a child. In the center of the ring was a “mother tree,” which is charred black after it was struck by lightning. The tree’s seedlings, which grew to be giants, surround and send nutrients to this central tree via their roots and have kept it alive for decades. The Cathedral, invites visitors to explore Ando’s transparent trees, charred wood and memories.