Return to the earth 2005 Oil on Linen 750 x 1050mm $4500
The figurative gesture of this tree reminds us of our judgment.
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken: for dust you are and to dust you will return. Genesis 3:19.
The Angophora has an amazing ability for its roots develop into trunk material when exposed to air and to cope with any obstacle in its way. A tree with an easy life may grow straight and tall but does not develop character.
… we rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us… Romans 5:3-5
Depth of character only comes through struggle and pain. Here is the greatest hope. But humans, like the trees will return to the earth. Thus, Hope is a result of both judgment and struggle, in which we are called to persevere.