SHIPSIDES AND BEGGS PROJECTS - Accolade Tree - print
Accolade Tree. Woven badge. 10 x 12cm - edition of 50. 2017
The Accolade Tree
Shipsides and Beggs Projects
Hand printed silkscreen prints
75 x 57cm
Edition of 10 - each is unique.
A series of hand-made silkscreen prints.
The Accolade Tree is a graphic motif which has taken several other forms as a video graphic, wall drawing, a large scale audio sculpture, t-shirt design and a woven badge (editioned). Originating from fake, constructed bombed-out trees in no-mans-land (WW1) which acted as reconnaissance posts, we have then mixed this motif through with Shamanism (masks), Charlie Chaplin (Shoulder Arms, 1918), David Bowie images (with his hand gesture) and other popular or folk culture regarding special trees (e.g. The Singing Ringing Tree). Another interest in trees comes from the treeline in the mountain terrain – where it broadly marks a shift in territory from habitable to non-habitable - so in a poetic sense 'we all live beneath the tree' - echoing folksong and modern idyls of the glade (e.g. Manet's Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe). The popular song The Lonesome Pine (1912) also acts as a nice metaphor for this sense of isolation and yearning for love and humanity.
Accolade Tree. Installed in the Lament of the Accolade Tree exhibition at La Cuisine 2018. More info here:
Accolade Tree. Wall drawing (Still Not Out of The Woods exhibition, L'orangerie Gallerie, Bastogne) more info here:
Accolade Tree. Video graphic (in the performative screening in Venice 2017) more info here:
Accolade Tree. T-shirts. Limited edition (various salvaged personal t-shirts)