Top: All three pieces of the Juniper Tree series displayed together.
Left: Juniper Tree (I), Silver Gelatin Print, Rives BFK, Thread, Ink, Wall paint.
Center: Juniper Tree (II&III), Silver Gelatin Print, Rives BFK, Thread, Ink, Wall paint.
Right: Juniper Tree (IV), Silver Gelatin Print, Rives BFK, Thread, Ink, Wall paint.
The Juniper Tree series was inspired by a Brothers Grimm fable of the same name. In the fable, a young boy’s stepmother kills him to prevent him from inheriting his father’s wealth. His half-sister buries his bones under a juniper tree. My work explores the relationship between the half-sister and her brother’s skeletal remains in a series of non-sequential tableaus. The use of red ink, thread, and printmaking paper are visual references to the narrative and physical aesthetics of old stories and the books in which they were printed and bound.
Joe O’Brien 2012