Every Olive Tree in the Garden of Gethsemane is a suite of photographic images of each of the twenty-three olive trees in the garden. Situated at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, the Garden of Gethsemane is known to many as the site where Jesus and his disciples prayed the night before his crucifixion. The oldest trees in the garden date to 1092 and are recognized as some of the oldest olive trees in existence. The older trees are a living and symbolic connection to the distant past, while younger trees serve as a link to the future. The gnarled trunks seem written with the many conflicts that have been waged in an effort to control this most-contested city; a city constantly on the threshold of radical transformation.
Every Olive Tree in the Garden of Gethsemane
Wendy Babcox is Associate Professor in the School of Art and Art History at the University of South Florida. A British interdisciplinary artist, she is a founding member of 6+ Collective, a group of women artists that facilitates exhibitions, performances, publications, and collaborative activities. Her work exists in a wide variety of media, but her practice is primarily based in the photographic medium and its hybrid forms. Her work in photography aims to explore a human relationship to place and calls upon a human engagement with, and impact on, the landscape in the form of interventions. Recent photographs explore the marks we make on our shared landscapes, from the magnificent in scale to the seemingly insignificant gestures of daily life. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally including venues in Peru, New Zealand, Russia, and Mexico. She has completed two large-scale public artworks, one of which is a permanent installation at the Tampa International Airport. Individual projects have been featured at the Orlando Museum of Art, FL; The Front in New Orleans, LA; the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI; and at the Transmodern Age Festival in Baltimore, MD. Correspondence to: Wendy Babcox, School of Art and Art History, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, FAH 110, Tampa, FL 33620, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Wendy Babcox; Every Olive Tree in the Garden of Gethsemane. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2014; 3 (2): 111–115. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2014.3.2.111
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