The artist Marc Chagall once said that great art picks up where nature ends. But "Shadows 2000" by Tova Beck-Friedman lets nature take another shot at it. Purposefully selecting biodegradable materials, Beck-Friedman intends for the work to weather naturally over the coming year - which lays the foundation for a dialogue between the artist (the agent of Nurture) and Nature.
The artist formed three-dimensional shadows of three natural trees on site at the sculpture gallery. Using bundles of recycled newspaper and natural paper pulp, Beck-Friedman laid artificial trunks at the base of each tree. The artist almost anticipated what the future will hold for these trees, noting hat any man-made improvement will necessitate the death (i.e. cutting down) of the trees. "Shadows" here bears not so much a literal meaning, but more figurative connotation, as in "shadow of my former self'. the decaying result is like a work in progress:the process of weathering will be the transcript of a conversation between Nature and Nurture.
THE NATURE OF THINGS;A GARDEN STROLL TAKES ON THE ANCIENT DEBATE. Charles Patten, June 29,2000