It's hard to draw trees. They have a lot of different parts that all need to be depicted in a convincing way, with the tree's shadows adding an extra element of complexity. Tree branches themselves can create complicated patterns, which are only made more difficult by the different textures they involve.


From June to September 2020, I was studying trees in charcoal drawings in Toksovo and Loo villages which are in the north and south of Russia and are about 2,300 kilometers apart. Once I finish studying the trees, I cut and paste the edges from the Skieshapes series to create a new dimension and add my reflections on time, space, and simulated reality.