Jane Marsching creates a library of inks from Arnold Arboretum's trees
Boston-based artist Jane Marsching is working with the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University on a project starting this fall. Tree Ink Guild begins with creating a library of inks from each of the roughly 65 tree species in the Bussey Brook Meadow of the arboretum. An urban wild, this landscape is largely unmanaged, allowing species to spontaneously rewild and to serve as a site of study into complex urban ecosystems in our time. Beginning in the spring of 2022, the project will work with the public to collectively create images and texts that consider what trees have to tell us about the past, present, and future.
Arnold Arboretum is a museum of trees encompassing 281 acres of preserve in the heart of Boston’s 7-mile long “Emerald Necklace” of interlinked parkways. As part of famed 19th century American landscape designer Fredrick Law Olmsted’s civic vision, it represents one of the world’s most comprehensive and best documented collections of temperate woody plants, with particular focus on the floras of eastern North America and eastern Asia, and is free and open to the general public. The Arboretum’s collections, herbarium and their library and archives are intended to support research on campus and around the world.
Earlier in the summer, Jane participated in the Pigments Revealed Symposium and Exhibition, organized by Tilke Elkins, Founder & Director of the Wild Pigment Project (wildpigmentproject.org). Both the symposium and online exhibition featured international artists who work with mineral, botanical and waste-stream sourced pigments, in a variety of forms: paint, ink, textile, paper, and others. Jane’s own work with natural pigments led her to develop a virtual workshop offered through ViVA!