By Christopher Frost
Patterns in nature seldom present themselves as pure geometric forms, instead affording us visual images that are more flowing, freeform, mysterious. Rather than featuring my own photographs, I am delighted to
introduce readers to the visual art of friend and colleague,
Margaret Larlham. Margaret captures the organic patterns
of trees, describing her experience as follows:
“Trees appear to hold their place against the flow of time
and the severe changes challenging our buzzing planet. They
stand sentinel over all the Earth, watching over these changes
— some even for thousands of years — while producing
pattern on a living canvas. As a landscape painter, I become
a tree when I work in stillness to capture the essence of the
day and the properties of the place in which I find myself.
The trees appear to me as living presences holding the secrets
of the landscape. As I paint, I venerate the tree and the space
it occupies in our lives, a notion pervasive in many ancient
cultures of the world.
From the fusion of burrowing roots grows a solid trunk
with branching limbs, vascular sap reaching and spreading to
a filigree profusion of leaves. Each tree has an infinite diversity of character. I believe trees snuck out of the Garden of
Eden when Adam and Eve were evicted and wandered freely
around the world before settling down and growing roots.
Immigrants like myself.”
Christopher Frost (former Western regional representative and former San Diego
State University chapter president) has taken photographs for 30 years, publishing
them in quarterly editions of Texas Books in Review, in his scholarly book, Moral Cruelty:
Ameaning and the Justification of Harm (University Press of America, 2004), on various
humanitarian websites and for campus purposes and campus art exhibitions. Frost
is the vice president for academic affairs at the Long Island campus of St. Joseph’s
College of New York. A prolific author whose academic work also includes Simone
Weil: On Politics, Religion and Society (Sage Publications, 1998), he earned degrees
from Baylor University (B.A. in the psychology of religion) and Boston University (M.A.
in the psychology of religion and Ph.D. in psychology and interdisciplinary studies).
Email him at email@example.com.
Sentinels of Space ⁄ Purveyors of Pattern