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    Marie Elena Grandio on creating her first 3D installation, at Tasmai.

    SWISS photographer Marie Elena Grandio strongly believes in something that caught her fancy as a child: that in the forests of the world, there is a tree for everyone; you just have to go and find it. The artiste who loves photographing leaves and trees in the classical black-and-white style, used her art residency at Tasmai gallery to create large-scale three dimensional installations, including her dream tree. Although the exhibition, Hanging Forest, ended yesterday, her works will be showcased at the gallery for a week, and she is available for a meeting via prior appointment.
    A stripped branch, run through with golden thread and bearing diaphanous leaves, mounted on the wall, is the artistic representation of the golden tree of her dreams. The exhibition features a number of branches fashioned in interesting shapes, suspended from the ceiling. a�?I like to take objects we pass every day and transform them into something that people stop to look at,a�? she says, pointing to silk paper-wrapped branches with painted mushrooms.
    The arboreal ambience gives a strong conservation message. There is a ghostly-looking tree with strips of blue plastic for leaves, inspired by a frienda��s anecdote about chancing upon a tree in the desert to only find its branches throttled with plastic bags. Grandioa��s snapshots of woods, be it in Japan or Switzerland, capture the mysticism, meditative silence and timelessness of nature. A photograph of a tree with its branches forming a protective canopy is titled Cathedrale for the shrine-like image it evokes.
    The show also features a series of striking photograms of leaves (images produced without a camera, by bringing objects in contact with light-sensitive paper and using photo developing techniques) as a tribute to Anna Atkins, recognised as the worlda��s first woman photographer.
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