The Tree of My Mind 2006, artist's book
this book was published by the Women's Studio Workshop.

The Tree of My Mind 2006, artist's book
Cover Page, silkscreen, 9"x12".

The Tree of My Mind 2006, artist's book
Page 01, silkscreen.

The Tree of My Mind 2006, artist's book
Page 1: Etching and photo inkjet (for text), 8.75"x11.75", 2006

.:ألم تر كيف ضرب الله مثلا كلمة طيبة كشجرة طيبة أصلها ثابت وفرعها في السماء:. سورة إبراهيم، آية 24

Do you not see how God compares a good word to a good tree? Its root is firm and its branches in the sky.

Qur'an

The Tree of My Mind 2006,
Page 2: Etching and photo inkjet (for text), 8.75"x11.75",

A Tree Within

A tree grew inside my head.
A tree grew in.
Its roots are veins,
its branches nerves,
thoughts its tangled foliage.
Your glance sets it on fire,
and its fruits of shade
are blood oranges
and pomegranates of flame.
Day breaks
in the body's night.
There, within, inside my head,
the tree speaks.
Come closer–can you hear it?

Octavio Paz
Árbol adentro

The Tree of My Mind 2006, artist's book
page 3: Etching and photo inkjet (for text), 8.75"x11.75"

Rubber is coagulated sap; the French word for it, caoutchouc, comes from a South American Indian word meaning "the wood that weeps." The wood that wept in the Congo was a long spongy vine of the landolphia genus.

Adam Horchschild

The Tree of My Mind 2006, artist's book
page 4: Etching and photo inkjet (for text), 8.75"x11.75"

No. There are limits to saying,
in language, what the tree did.

Robert Hass

The Tree of My Mind 2006, artist's book
page 5: Etching and photo inkjet (for text), 8.75"x11.75"

You do not need instruction to plant a tree.

Wangari Mathai

The Tree of My Mindartist's book
page 6: Etching and photo inkjet (for text), 8.75"x11.75"

The leaves cry. It is not a cry of divine attention,
Nor the smoke-drift of puffed-out heroes, nor human cry.
It is the cry of leaves that do not transcend themselves.

Wallace Stevens

The Tree of My Mind 2006, artist's book
page 7: Etching and photo inkjet (for text), 8.75"x11.75"

I do not want to be a tree, I want to be its meaning.

Orhan Pamuk

The Tree of My Mind 2006, artist's book
page 8: Etching and photo inkjet (for text), 8.75"x11.75"

A MURMUR in the trees to note,
Not loud enough for wind;
A star not far enough to seek,
Nor near enough to find;

Emily Dickenson

The Tree of My Mind 2006, artist's book
page 9: Etching and photo inkjet (for text), 8.75"x11.75"

An old Slavic legend says that people were created from trees - the man from the oak and the woman from the linden. A child who started walking was encouraged with the words: "Stand, stand, you godly twig!", and for a childless person it was said that he was a "trimmed tree."

Lidija Bajuk

The Tree of My Mind 2006, artist's
page 10: Etching and photo inkjet (for text), 8.75"x11.75"

…to explain why we become attached to our birthplaces we pretend that we are trees and speak of roots. … Roots, I sometimes think, are a conservative myth, designed to keep us in our places.

Salman Rushdie

The Tree of My Mind 2006, artist's book
page 11: Etching and photo inkjet (for text), 8.75"x11.75"

Next to my tree, I was happily living
I should have never left my tree
Next to my tree, I was happily living
I should have never lost sight of my tree.
Georges Brassens (French Singer Song-writer)

Auprès de mon arbre, je vivais heureux
J'aurais jamais dû m'éloigner de mon arbre
Auprèsde mon arbre, je vivais heureux
J'aurais jamais dû le quitter des yeux

Georges Brassens

The Tree of My Mind 2006, artist's book
Collophon: Photo inkjet (for text), 8.75"x11.75"

The Tree Of My Mind
Dedicated to my father who taught me the love of words and trees.
This artist's book was created through an Artist-In-Residence grant at the Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York, with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
My gratitude goes to the Blue Mountain Center community where I did the preliminary work on this book in the summer of 2005 and to Carlo Gimenez Bianco for hosting me in San Juan de Puerto Rico, a trip that was most inspiring and valuable for this work.
At WSW, I grateful for the help and feedback from Ann Kalmbach, Tatana Kellner, Anita Wetzel, Chris Petrone, Lindsay Appel & CJ Mace.
Copyright © 2006 Emna Zghal

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