TREE is meant to simmer, not be read with literal or narrative glasses, but to be understood in a more indirect way from both what our mind has studied and our soul already knows - and what our heart hopes for.
TREE is a still photo animation made in Adobe Premier. It was created to open the conference sessions for Preaching In A Visual Age, brehmcenter.com/initiatives/ogilvieinstitute/conferences/preaching_in_a_visual_age/ and also as part of the SEEDS art exhibit, The Last Word seedsfineart.org/2012/10/25/the-last-word/ .
Originally, before the display was moved into the main conference sanctuary at Ecclesia church in Hollywood, California, I was asked to consider the tree and if I would maybe create a digital slide show for The Last Word exhibit that would be projected on the theater doors at Ecclesia. The slideshow, when it was among the exhibit, The Last Word, was developing in my mind as a piece on journey and transformation - using the doors to physically suggest threshold - duel projectors to create a compelling juxtaposition of abstract and representational imagery to cover that which we know (literal) and that which we do not (mystery). But due to the projection equipment needed and the short time to prepare (two weeks), my presentation invitation was moved to the main sanctuary rather than the exhibit space, to be a session opener for the conference attendees.
TREE changed in content to be a more whimsically grave look at death and restoration with the tree, as mentioned in the Biblical narrative, as a point for both, as a sort of "stage prop" where actions take place in the human drama - actions, whereby, death would enter and also be overcome. God's Spirit hoovers and His presence reveled is indicated as the Shekinah, and Bach's music is the somber and melodic sweetness of the Redeemer throughout.