Hand with Pine Cone
archival inkjet print
45.5 x 38.5 cm (18″ x 15.25″)
Another in my new series of prints of hands with objects
December 28, 2012 in Digital printmaking, Hands, Printworks by Marja-Leena
i love this one, so skeletal! x
Extraordinary! I just love the bits that have broken away.
If you had not said pine cone I would not have known what it was. I’m fascinated by how using your hand also gives scale, and how possession is reversed by the use of the scanner: i.e. the contained is pride of place.
This series I would really love to see occupying a whole room on their own.
I’m torn between thinking that is gold and marvelous and thinking that I am reminded of creatures with too many legs! But perhaps precious and creepy is inevitable, given that the beauty of it comes from decay.
I love it too. What kind of pine cone is that?
Elisa, glad you like it!
Olga, thanks so much for your keen observations. I am hoping to do a fairly good sized series, not sure if it will fill a room but I do like that idea.
Marly, I feel the same, believe me, and many others also react that way to this ‘creepiness’ until they find out what it really is.
Beth, I knew someone would ask that question. I still don’t know what type of pine it is – it has incredibly long needles and long cones. Here are some photos I’d taken in the past: the needles and green cones, and the developed cone as it would have looked before this was flattened by a car.
It’s beautiful shattered form is somewhat grain-like. It is a very nice image.
I got curious after looking at your older images and think it might be a cone from a western white pine. There are other varieties that have very large cones but they seem to grow much further south.
Susan, I recall when I picked this off the road and didn’t at first know what it was until I saw whole cones nearby under the arching branches of the tree. Interesting how the ‘seeds’ had fallen off, giving this that grain-like look you mention. And yes, I think you are right that it’s the western white pine.
I found a scan of this same flattened cone from 2008! As I continue to gradually go through old posts to fix funky things from past updates and thus to be delighted in finding images I’d forgotten about!