Boris Pecigoš made this cycle of 22 small format paintings to represent the trees seen from another angle… or better said, from another frequency.
Leitmotif of the cycle is the author’s poem “Like a Tree”:
LIKE A TREE
I spread my arms and lift them high, touching the sky
ready to let the sun’s rays shine on my chest, to receive
the warm rain and the gentle breeze, just like the branch of a verdant treetop
whose roots find support in earth’s great depths,
and suckles nutrients from the womb which bears
all the world’s children,
like the branch of a tree whose trunk links two worlds,
I run to its embrace, to become one with this being,
because I am that tree.
And if winds blow all my leaves away and storms tear down my branches,
if fires burn me to a stump or worms devour me from inside,
if an ax fells me or lightning strikes me,
if an unimaginable hardship comes upon me,
I will bud anew and grow towards the heavens,
once again I will smile at the sun
and witness the passing of seasons,
the unfolding of young green leaves,
and sudden summer rain showers,
vivid shedding of my outer garb,
and the formation of frost on naked branches.
Yes, when it will seem as if death had overcome me,
I will come to life once again,
because my root is nestled deep in the auspices of Mother,
and life spirit guarded by the Father.
Boris Pecigoš, November 8, 2009
English translation: Erika Katačić Kožić, 2012