Ficus Macrophylla

Black ink drawings

of trees and their strong roots.

Tree of life. I am fascinated by strong roots and the graceful appearance of old trees. Maybe it’s because trees grow in a very specific place over a long period of time while the world around them is constantly changing. However, I was particularly inspired by the elegant shapes of the Ficus Macrophylla. Several trees of this species grow in a small park I discovered in the beautiful city center of Valencia.

I made some sketches in this enchanting place and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere in the shade of the trees. Based on these sketches, I created a series of five ink drawings. It is a complex network of thin lines that shows the organic shapes of the roots. In addition, the idea of the flowing life energy inside the trees is an essential part of the designs.

Light and shadow. Black and white. The powerful roots of these trees are firmly connected to the earth. In my eyes, roots are symbols of strength and down-to-earthness, but also of the subconscious and the cycle of life.

Black micropigment ink on paper. The drawings are available online in the original and as prints.

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