This projection forms part of the exhibition ...the rest is smoke, by Helen Sear, the representative for Wales at the Venice Biennale 2015.
It is a 10 minute 55 second loop projected onto a 6.5 metre length screen with sound one side of the screen and image the other. Influenced by the Max Ernst collage of a zoetrope in "Rêve d'une petite file qui voulut entrer au carmel".
"In Company of Trees, the segmentation of spatial forms is extended into the segmentation of time, in a film made up of rapid cuts and coalescences. A young woman in a simple red dress circles clockwise and anticlockwise around a single tree, her hand gently laid on its trunk. Her circling may suggest a kind of maypole dance, or some other woodland ritual. The lurid red gash of the dress may recall Little Red Riding Hood, or even, though the film was shot in Welsh woodland, but remembering the place where it was to be shown, the figure in red that is glimpsed at intervals, always at the corner of the eye, throughout Nicolas Roeg’s Venice-set thriller Don’t Look Now. The smooth continuity of her movement is broken apart by the rapid slicing of the image with intercut scenes of leaves and trees. The mysterious numbers inscribed on the trees flash in and out of view, sometimes seeming to recall the numbers of the leader tape at the beginning of a cinematic reel.... Time, it seems is passing, perhaps being counted out or down by the numbers as in the many different counting routines in Peter Greenaway’s Drowning By Numbers. If the figure might be regarded as a kind of protective hamadryad, her slow circles are perhaps a ritual defence against the slicing and felling hinted at in the buzz-saws we hear on the soundtrack to the film. For time does not pass here, so much as mix, thicken and turn in on itself." : Steven Connor 2015