If Trees Could Talk
There is a fundamental relationship between humans and nature that seems to be lost or forgotten as we work towards what we call “development.” In fact, in practice, it seems that any progress or development leads us further and further away from nature, as if the two were polar opposites.
If Trees Could Talk explores this tension-fraught relationship between humans and nature, suggesting that if trees could talk (and we could listen), they would have quite a few things to say. Perhaps, they could remind us, just as Albert Einstein does, that we are part of nature, not separate from it. Einstein reflects,
A human being is a part of the whole called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
If Trees Could Talk is presented to you by The Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS), in partnership with Project Bakawan and features the works of twenty-seven of the country’s most promising and admired young artists.
The artworks, accompanied by poems, essays and short stories, will anchor a new book of the same title to be published by CANVAS in November this year. Thousands of copies of the book will then be donated to children in public schools and disadvantaged communities throughout the Philippines, as part of CANVAS’ One Million Books for One Million Children Campaign.
Proceeds from the sale of the artworks will also benefit artist grants for Project Bakawan, an environmental art fair to be held at UP Diliman in February 2015.
Participating artists include Leonard Aguinaldo, John Paul Antido, Marcel Antonio, Elmer Borlongan, Ruel Caasi, Ninel Constantino, Anton del Castillo, Daniel dela Cruz, Demetrio dela Cruz, Ferdinand Doctolero, Alee Garibay, Emmanuel Garibay, Rommel Joson, Erwin Leaño, Dante Lerma, Joven Mansit, Ferdinand Montemayor, Jim Orencio, J Pacena II, Anthony Palomo, Jerson Samson, Brendale Tadeo, Tammy Tan, Palma Tayona, Jomike Tejido, Roderick Tijing, and Wire Tuazon.