Tree of Life
Tree of Life uses photogrammetry to glue organic and abstract forms of environment, flora and rocks with images of the human body. Our surroundings within the natural landscape can help tie us to our origin story: as a creature emerging from and dependent on the ecosphere we reside within. To achieve any future, we must fully recognize our limitations as biological beings and reconnect with where we come from and what we are.
Feeling reconnected to the earth can empower individuals with purpose, strength and the possibility of escaping the leviathan of a dominant paradigm hellbent on the destruction of culture, diversity and our biosphere. We can continue to create meaning and fulfill who we are as people. Our future will have no tolerance for perspectives that seek to create distinction and division. We see a future a where we are humbler with our beginnings and capable of living harmoniously with nature. We can re-orientate our story towards the very thing that ties us together and no longer feel dis-empowered.
Sonny O’Brien is an interdisciplinary artist and musician. Fusing photographic sampling, digital design and an anachronistic mingling of cultural references, he creates an order amongst chaos that is reckless and elegant. Working with a palette of intense image textures and vivid colour combinations, O'Brien has developed a strong interplay of moving forms from nature, the human body, and the surreal. As a sound designer and musician, he received the QUT Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship in 2012 for his outstanding portfolio. His practice is currently focused on developing a world and narrative that explores themes of nature, alchemy and the subconscious.