Birch Branch, 2021

birch bark, paper, cork paper, string, thread, ink, air, size?

During lockdown, we lived in Massachusetts and I discovered miles and miles of gorgeous trails behind our house.  There are tons of dead and rotting birch trees with their skin peeling off as thin as paper.  I have taken the peelings and backed them with paper to give them strength then sewed them back together, but with some air in between so that it can breathe.

I love birch trees. They are strong, yet fragile, translucent, multi-faceted, ancient healers.  Birch sap is an indispensable part of my health regimen. I only clean myself with birch tar soap. Birch cream is supple for your skin and lips and birch alcohol is pure and clean.

This branch is very arm-like.