de St. Croix
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Blane de St. Croix, Vision

Blane de St. Croix. Vision. 2003. Bleached and stained Australian pine tree and glass eyes. 16'  High.

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16' High

Bleached and stained Australian pine tree and glass eyes
Lent by the Artist

No longer on view.

Born in Milton, MA
Works in Delray Beach, FL and Brooklyn, NY

Blane De St. Croix creates both indoor and outdoor works, from large oil paintings and mixed media sculptural wall pieces to outdoor sculpture. St. Croix's work has centered around environmental concerns that are often represented in images of endangered species revealing, as the artist says, "the rigid boundaries of human encroachment on the natural world." More recently, St. Croix's work represents human body parts, such as multiple castings of tongues and hands, as an exploration of our sensory capabilities and limitations in communication with one another, and in our experience of the natural world.

The artist has said that, "My processes layer, hide, and expose endangerment and extinction. My themes reflect upon the irony, the invisibility, the silence, and the hypocrisy that are dumped upon nature. I seek to create beauty by using indigenous materials, such as local fallen wood, and by crafting them into voices and worlds that are palpable."

St. Croix's Vision is the bleached trunk of an Australian pine tree, stripped of bark and without branches. This tall, ethereal silver trunk rises up from the ground in stark contrast to its surroundings. The tree's root system is partially submerged in the earth, and its surface is covered with over two hundred sets of glass eyes of different sizes, shapes and colors, which were embedded in holes bored by the artist. The glass eyes are those typically used by taxidermists, and are intended to represent animals native to New England. They can also be interpreted as a taxonomy of endangered species, and are reminiscent of the symbol of the fixed and unblinking 'evil eye', both warding off and warning of the dangers of environmental destruction while animating the object and pointing to the consciousness, conscience, and soul within. Due to its partial root system and lack of branches, Vision appears somewhat disengaged from the ground, severed from the natural world and apart from growth and seasonal change. Both dormant and haunted, this work can be seen as a ghostly apparition of a destroyed natural habitat.